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Phidippus Hook - dorsal - Phidippus texanus - female

Phidippus Hook - dorsal - Phidippus texanus - Female
McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Bastrop County, Texas, USA
August 30, 2010
Size: 12.5mm
This poor spider has seen a lot. One eye missing, one pedipalp missing, lots of setae missing. Notice that the setae on the right side of the anterior carapace are missing, and notice that the setae dorsally on the abdomen anterior to the longitudinal median white streak are missing -- that streak could have extended further anteriorly. I cannot find a good match for this spider. Reminds me of P. mystaceus, but is also different from P. mystaceus.

This spider could not climb sheer surfaces. I believe this is the first Salticid I've ever handled that couldn't climb my jars or the side of the tub. She wasn't too heavy; the feet just plain didn't stick.

I coaxed this spider out of a large refugium that I assumed contained an egg sac. Now I'm thinking that she had made the refugium but not the egg sac. I'm planning to return her ASAP. I hope we can get an ID from these photos.

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Moved from Phidippus.

It's Phidippus texanus
It's Phidippus texanus. I've been pouring through Edwards' revision. It's the only spider that matches, though I can't say I'm matching the epigynum from my shots. G.B.: "Female has unique white median posterior abdominal stripe." P. ardens is indicated as a similar species, but Edwards says that P. ardens can be distinguished by virtue of being red or yellow.

Moved from ID Request.

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