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Apache Jumping Spider

Phidippus apacheanus

Description:

Robust, black and reddish-orange spider that is likely a species of Jumping Spider (Salticidae) in the Genus Phiddipus

Habitat:

Longleaf pine and wiregrass ecosystem in the midlands of South Carolina. This one has staked out a prickly pear cactus and has caught some type of prey (appears to be a wasp). This one was photographed at the Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve near Windor (Aiken County),SC.

Notes:

The BugGuide refererence provides a quick quide to identify black and red/orange spiders. This spider looks very similar to the Phiddipus, but I'm having a difficult time keying to species. Your thoughts are appreciated.

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2 Comments

KenCheeks
KenCheeks 6 years ago

This spider has been confirmed on BugGuide.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

I agree that this beauty is from Genus Phiddipus. There are a couple of species within that genus that have that coloration and it is more difficult to ID. I'm leaning towards Phiddipus clarus but I don't feel comfortable committing to that:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/2036

You might want to consider submitting it to Bugguide for someone with more exptertise to help ID.

KenCheeks
Spotted by
KenCheeks

South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Apr 4, 2011
Submitted on Jan 6, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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