Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
First described in 1979 by Charles Edward Griswold as Pellenes schlingeri
Named after Evert Schlinger, California entomologist and science benefactor, who collected the type specimens.
Males have a reddish ornamental growth on the patella of the third leg (counting from the front) that looks almost like the beginnings of a stubby little leg. The femur in the same area (normally the part of the leg held highest) is black and shiny, built up to give an effect like shoulder pads. None of the other species in the area have this combination.
Females are more nondescript, but usually have a "shiny carapace and uniform abdomen" (per Dr. Hedin from comment on iNaturalist observation, Aug 2017).
On the (Pacific) coastal side of the Southern California mountain ranges from Baja California north to San Luis Obispo County.
On the ground, usually not far from water- but also common in lawns and backyards.
Like other Salticids it hunts and eats smaller insects without using a web to trap them.
Recent treatments of the genus divide it into species groups, with this species in the Habronattus coecatus group.
New species of Pellenes from California (Araneae: Salticidae) The Journal of Arachnology,v.7,n.2 (1979)
Original description of the species (PDF format, 840 KB)