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black jumper? - Phidippus

black jumper? - Phidippus
Guemes Island, Skagit County, Washington, USA
May 11, 2009
Size: 3/4" to 1"
This spider was found crawling inside on our kitchen counter. Is it a black jumping spider of some sort?

Moved from Phidippus.

Looks like you're on a great trail, Jeff!
I recall Jay Barnes' post of the last 4 stages of a male P. principes . Made me understand that species determination in this group is far more complicated than I used to think. Not that its easy with other arthropods when looking at photos.
Good to see you're working on this!

you, Hartmut.
The variation in a Phidippus species can be extreme, and the similarities between some species certainly doesn’t help, either!

While most images probably won’t be IDed to species, at least we now have some sort of structure for viewing and browsing as opposed to a 40 page mess of images on the genus page.
I tried to group the most unique and the most similar Phids together, with a brief explanation on the info page, and found some amazing specimens in the process.

From these groups hopefully some images will be IDed to species or species group, both tentatively and definitively.

Moved from Jumping Spiders.

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