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Species Colonus puerperus

Thiodina Jumping Spider - Colonus puerperus - male Female Thiodina puerpera - Colonus puerperus - female Thiodina puerpera adult male - Colonus puerperus - male Handsome - Colonus puerperus - male Jumping Spider - Thiodina? - Colonus puerperus Thiodina puerpera - Colonus puerperus - female Thiodina sp. - Colonus puerperus - male Thiodina sp. - Colonus puerperus - male
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)
Genus Colonus
Species puerperus (Colonus puerperus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes

All three species of North American Thiodina have actually been transferred to the genus Colonus(1)(2), however we are not sure which subfamily that genus fits in at the moment, so we have not changed the taxonomy on BugGuide yet. I asked Wayne Maddison for some guidance and he let me know that two papers are coming out soon which will completely explain the relationships and act as a guide for us. -Mandy Howe, Oct. 15, 2015
Size
Body length 8.5mm or less.
Identification
Epigynum:


Palp:
Range
Eastern half of the United States.(3)
Habitat
Usually associated with grassy areas.(3)
See Also
Thiodina sylvana males look superficially the same as the males of this species but can be separated in the field by the type of white patch in the middle of the carapace. T. puerpera has a longitudinal white stripe that reaches almost to the posterior edge of the carapace. In contrast, T. sylvana's white patch is circular or squared.
Print References
Richman, D.B. and R.S. Vetter. 2004. A review of the spider genus Thiodina (Araneae, Salticidae) in the United States. J. Arach. 32(3):418-431 [download available here]
Internet References
Tree of Life images of male and female: http://www.tolweb.org/Thiodina_puerpera/5906
Works Cited
1.The jumping spider genus Thiodina Simon, 1900 reinterpreted, and revalidation of Colonus F.O.P-Cambridge, 1901 and Nilakantha Pe
Abel A. Bustamante, Wayne P. Maddison, & Gustavo R.S. Ruiz. 2015. Zootaxa 4012(1): 181–190 .
2.World Spider Catalog
3.A review of the spider genus Thiodina (Araneae, Salticidae) in the United States
David B. Richman & Richard S. Vetter. 2004. The Journal of Arachnology 32: 418-431.