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Species Colonus hesperus

Spider with eyes on the back of her head - Colonus hesperus - male Spider with eyes on the back of her head - Colonus hesperus - male Unusual Thiodina in Texas - ventral - Colonus hesperus - female Likely T. hespera - epigynum - Colonus hesperus - female Jumping spider - Colonus hesperus - male jumper - Colonus hesperus - male - - Colonus hesperus - female - - Colonus hesperus - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Salticidae (Jumping Spiders)
Genus Colonus
Species hesperus (Colonus hesperus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Previously Thiodina hespera. See the World Spider Catalog.
Explanation of Names
hespera = western
Size
Body length 7mm or less.
Identification
Unlike the other two species, Colonus hesperus does not have the two longitudinal white stripes on the abdomen. Instead, the abdomen is yellowish with scattered black setae and numerous black dots.(1)

Epigynum:


Palp:
Range
Southwestern United States, all the way to the west coast.(1)
Habitat
This species is often associated with trees and is presumably arboreal.(1)
Season
Mature specimens have been collected throughout the year with a peak abundance in May.(1)
Print References
Richman, D.B. and R.S. Vetter. 2004. A review of the spider genus Thiodina (Araneae, Salticidae) in the United States. J. Arach. 32(3):418-431 [download available here]
Works Cited
1.A review of the spider genus Thiodina (Araneae, Salticidae) in the United States
David B. Richman & Richard S. Vetter. 2004. The Journal of Arachnology 32: 418-431.