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Genus Pelegrina

Pelegrina flavipes black and white Jumping Spider - Pelegrina galathea - female Jumper - Pelegrina proterva - female Spider with prey - Pelegrina galathea - female Pelegrina proterva - male Spider BG598 - Pelegrina galathea - male Pelegrina proterva - male Spider BG598 - Pelegrina galathea - male Pelegrina proterva - male Pelegrina proterva - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Salticidae (Jumping Spiders)
Genus Pelegrina
Explanation of Names
Gender: Feminine
26 species in our region (1).
Comparison of Pelegrina epigyna:
In order left to right:
aeneola, flaviceps, galathea, insignis, proterva

Comparison of Pelegrina palps:
In order left to right:
aeneola, exigua, flaviceps, flavipes, galathea, insignis, proterva
Maddison states that without in the hand examination P. proterva cannot be distinguished from P. insignis (and his map of the latter species shows a record for VA.

Yet he also indicates that P. proterva is typically found in woodland understory whereas P. insignis is found in open habitats like fields, shrubs, and bogs. --ChH
See Also
Eris - Eris has proportionately smaller palps, and a carapace that's more robust compared to Pelegrina. Also, I don't think any Eris have white scales under the ALE. Overall size is probably the easiest way to tell the difference. Once you've seen both genera you'll wonder how you ever got them mixed up.
… Jay Barnes, 17 February, 2008 - 12:54pm

I believe most (or all) male Pelegrina also have white scales beneath the ALE.
… Jay Barnes, 10 December, 2005 - 9:56am
Print References
Maddison, WP 1996: Pelegrina Franganillo and other jumping spiders formerly placed in the genus Metaphidippus (Aranaeae: Salticidae) - link to this paper (a large 15 MB pdf download) is here.
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.