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Canopy Jumping Spider (Phidippus otiosus)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Canopy Jumping Spider



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Emerald green mouthparts are the common color for this hairy, jumping spider found in the Southeast U.S.



Updated: 09/29/2022; Authored By ; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Canopy Jumping Spider is small, but it packs in a lot of personality. Found in the Southeast and along the eastern coast, this arboreal spider is at home in forests and often seen in or around evergreens like pine as well as deciduous trees like oak. It may have white hairs with black accents, but other color variations include brown hair, orange or a two-tone mix of these colors. The most remarkable physical feature may be its chelicerae. The mouthparts of this tiny wonder are a bright, metallic, emerald green color. Some individuals may have purple instead, but the green color is more common.

The Canopy Jumping Spider is an ambush predator that stalks and pounces on its insect prey. Despite its size, it can take down insects larger than itself. It is not a threat to humans even though it has a penetrating gaze. It studies an observer just as curiously as it is studied. It is protective over its prey, so a raised leg or solid stance over it may be its way of asking for privacy. It can be awkward eating in front of a stranger.©InsectIdentification.org




Known Diet of the Canopy-Jumping-Spider



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General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
      Order: Araneae
        Family: Salticidae
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          Genus: Phidippus
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            Species: otiosus
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Phidippus otiosus
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 8mm to 18mm (0.31" to 0.70")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; white; brown; orange; green
Descriptors: green 'teeth'; purple mouth; orange and black Halloween spider; hairy; fuzzy; fast; jump; leap; small
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 8mm (0.3in) and 18mm (0.7in)
Lo: 8mm
Md: 13mm
Hi: 18mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Canopy Jumping Spider may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Canopy Jumping Spider. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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