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jumping spider - Phidippus cardinalis - female

jumping spider - Phidippus cardinalis - Female
Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
September 13, 2007

Moved from Phidippus pius.

GB Edwards suggested this was P. cardinalis

P. cardinalis
Thanks for the correction Mr. Walton. The fact that this female is red actually indicates that it should be cardinalis rather than pius. G.B does state that while pius is similar to cardinalis, cardinalis typically has more red than pius. This is something that I did overlook during my original identification. Thank you for consulting Dr. Edwards and making this correction.

Thanks Don
All the others in the guide are from the southwest. This little girl must be lost:-)

the revision of this genus states that they are an "uncommon but widespread species." The only state record for the NE seems to be Pennsylvania. Also the revision states that the northern form is supposed to be the yellow form like the ones posted from the SW by Louis. The color variation that you found, Tom, is said to be found from Virginia to Florida, so maybe this one is lost. Either way, this girl was a great find. The image is very nice, so it's a great addition to the guide.

Very nice
This appears to be a female P. pius. They look very much like clarus but have no basal band. The cardinalis seem to have the chevron markings on the abdomen. Also, cardinalis that I've seen look as though they're wearing a mask across the anterior eyes.

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