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Temple Terrace, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
August 28, 2007

Moved from Jumping Spiders. Since this spider likely won't be identified to species, I'm placing it here. This make it easy to find all our fungus ridden spider.

Moved from ID Request.

Thanks Arlo
for pursuing this. You may use the image in the video.

Ryan Kepler reports:
"Looks like some sort of Gibellula, possibly G. aranicida."

By the way, I am making an informative video about jumping spiders - can I use this image in the video? I'm happy to credit you.

From Joey Spatafora
This is an sexual state of fungus called Akanthomyces. I can not tell which species based on the photograph. Nice photo.

Also, you might want to check out It has a fair amount of information.

Do you (or Joey) mean...
an ASEXUAL state?

I copied and pasted.
I thought that he probably meant asexual.

Great shot of a cordicipitous anamorph on a jumping spider! You may want to send this image to one of the grad students in the Spatafora lab at Oregon State, they are working up new systematics on this group and might be able to ID it for you.

Thanks for the info.
I have forwarded the photo. My first choice bounced so I sent it to J Spatafora. That did not bounce but do not know how it will be received.

Pathogenic fungus, probably.
Here's a similarly afflicted jumping spider:

You can see other fungus-killed arthropods here.

Seems like
a hard way to go.

Definitely :)

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