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Genus Tutelina

Small metallic jumper - Tutelina elegans Tutelina harti? - Tutelina harti Jumping Spider - Tutelina harti - female Tutelina harti - male Tutelina harti - male Jumping Spider--with a fungus gnat? - Tutelina harti iridescent jumping spider - Tutelina Small black-and-white jumper - Tutelina harti
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 Tutelina
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
4 species, plus 4 undescribed species (1).
If you live in Florida, there are a few undescribed species that may make your identification very difficult. However, for much of the continent, the two most easily confused are T. elegans and T. similis. Tips for distinguishing these two species appear below.

Distinguishing adult females: T. elegans has a white band on the anterior portion of the abdomen; this fieldmark is not present on female T. similis. See examples below:
T. elegans/T. similis

Distinguishing adult males: Look at the first pair of legs. T. elegans has a bunch of black hairs that look like a brush. This fieldmark is not present on male T. similis. See examples below:
T. elegans/T. similis
Works Cited
1.Spiders of North America: An Identification Manual
D. Ubick, P. Paquin, P.E. Cushing and V. Roth (eds). 2005. American Arachnological Society.