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"Recessive" male - Phidippus regius - Male
Martin County, Florida, USA
September 17, 2005
I found this guy in his sac on a dead palm frond from a saw palmetto. This is the first "recessive" P. regius that I've found in Martin County. I call them "recessive" because they are timid and have light colored scales. The males don't have the dominant black and white color of typical male P. regius. Notice the black line running from the basal band down towards the center abdominal spot. Male and female "recessive" types almost always have this mark. The abdominal spot markings on the females are shaded over with color scales. I think it's worth noting that Jeff Hollenbeck once found a "recessive" female otiosus that had color scales over its markings. The males and females are very timid when it comes to feeding and tend to only eat enough to sustain themselves. The males will exhibit odd behavior while courting or attempting to mate. It's very uncommon for them to reach adulthood, even in captivity.

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Very interesting
Thanks for the information about the "recessive" form.

Very interesting. The kind of info I enjoy on Bug Guide.

Keep it coming!


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