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Tiny jumping spider - Attidops youngi

Tiny jumping spider - Attidops youngi
Athens/ Sandy Creek Park, Clarke County, Georgia, USA
March 8, 2012
Found two of these under pine bark a month apart. I don't even know whether it's a juvenile or the adult of a really small species.

If you happen to find a bunch
If you happen to find a bunch of them, please send one to me as well so I can photograph the genitalia and add it to Bugguide.

BTW, I noticed in your profile that you have submitted exactly 666 images and 666 comments. I guess you must have made a deal with the devil to find Attidops youngi in Georgia ;)

That's a pretty odd coincidence. I'm in the midst of a mass-submission, but other responsibilities interfered and I had to take a break for a couple of days. Anyway, I will most certainly be on the lookout for this species in the future, and if I can obtain permission to collect specimens (working on it at the moment,) I will do so.

If Ryan is interested, you can cross me off your shopping list (I defer to his specialized interest). :-)

Lit here

Here's G.B.'s article on the family and species. The NC record is a literature-only record from 1970. (Feel free to collect one of these for me, too.) :-)

Moved from Jumping Spiders.

Very interesting, but I have
Very interesting(!), but I have no idea what. More photos would be nice -- perhaps you could capture one and place it in a light-colored bowel?

Or even better, collect one or two?

Looks a good bit like an ant mimic, doesn't it?

Tiny Salticid
This is Attidops youngi. It is not previously reported from Georgia, the nearest record is from North Carolina. The specimen appears to be an adult male, which average about 2.5 mm in length. The abdominal markings give the illusion of segmentation, which might make it a pseudoscorpion mimic, although from our perspective, it is hard to see how this would be beneficial. It would be helpful to capture at least one adult to document the species from the state.

I'm going to look into...
... whether there's some way to legally collect on county property. I've had requests for various specimens from several experts now, and I would really love to oblige. Assuming that I can get permission to do so, I would of course have to find one of these again.

Many thanks, Doc!
Many thanks, Doc!

(I see that the species is already represented BG, and with sharper images it doesn't really look so much like a mimic anymore.)

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