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Jumping Spider - Tutelina formicaria

Jumping Spider - Tutelina formicaria
Milton, Massachusetts, USA
June 8, 2005

Moved from Tutelina.

New Guide Page for Tutelina formicaria
I have been making some notes on this genus based on images and descriptions of the the 4+ North American species. The present species seems to be the least well known (fewest published records) and has the most restricted range of NA Tutelina spiders. See Richman, Cutler and Hill's Salticidae of North America, including Mexico (PDF online at PECKHAMIA site). Available images are few although B. Newton published 2 at the Univ. of Kentucky Entomology online site. Emerton's 1891 drawings are also of some help.

As I was looking through the Tutelina images on BG not identified to species I came across Tom Murray's 2005 photograph from Milton, MA. The proportion of the body parts and more importantly the shape of the abdomen seem distinct and different from the other Tutelina species and concur with published images and descriptions.

This may be one of the other species Tutelina hartii.

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