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Species Salticus scenicus - Zebra Jumper

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Salticidae (Jumping Spiders)
Subfamily Salticinae
Genus Salticus
Species scenicus (Zebra Jumper)
Other Common Names
Zebra Spider
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1757 by Carl Alexander Clerck as Araneus scenicus
Explanation of Names
from Greek skenikos (σκηνικος)- "of the stage, theatrical"
Size
Body length of female 4 to 6.5mm; of male 4 to 5.5mm
Identification
Female:


Male (long chelicerae):
Range
Throughout southern Canada and the entire United States, though doesn't appear to be common in the south.
Season
Mature males have been found from April to July, females from mid-May to late October.
Life Cycle
Egg sac is loosely woven and irregularly shaped and surrounded by a tangled mass of threads. It typically contains about 15-25 individual eggs. Spiderlings emerge from the egg sac in about three weeks.
Remarks
Seems to be an imported European species that is now widespread in North America.
Internet References
Clerck's original description of the species (in Swedish and Latin): Svenska Spindlar, p. 117
Tree of Life images by Wayne Maddison: http://www.tolweb.org/Salticus_scenicus/5663
Salticidae.org images by Dr. J. Holstein: http://salticidae.org/salticid/diagnost/salticus/sce-hol-ph.htm