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otiosus group

unknown jumping spider - Phidippus otiosus Phidippus - female Phidippus regius - male Jumping Spider - Phidippus Regius - Phidippus regius Phidippus otiosus? - Phidippus otiosus Phidippus pius Phidippus regius - female Phidippus pius - female
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 Phidippus
No Taxon otiosus group
Phidippus regius C.L.Koch 1846
Phidippus otiosus (Hentz 1846)
Phidippus dianthus Edwards 2004
Phidippus californicus Peckham & Peckham 1901
Phidippus pius Scheffer 1906
Excerpts from Edwards, 2004:
"Five species are tentatively assigned to the group. The regius-otiosus pair is linked with P. dianthus and the californicus-pius pair by the females of some members of both groups having an iridescent clypeal band, which is almost unique to these species clusters (P. audax is another species with this state). All species (except P. dianthus, male unknown) lack a well-sclerotized distal paleal edge and they lack a marginal band.

...Other character states imply that this is an artificial group. Phidippus regius males have a cheliceral tubercle which only occurs elsewhere in P. audax. Phidippus californicus has a color form of females which resembles several species in the audax group, i.e., the presence of paired matte black patches on the dorsum of the abdomen. Phidippus pius has a dorsal color pattern very similar to P. cardinalis and P. clarus.

...this group is basal only to the audax and cardinalis groups (not to the entire rest of the genus), and possibly should be split up among these two groups."(1)
Represented by BugGuide Data maps unless otherwise noted.
For detailed geographic range and records, refer to Edwards, 2004(1)
Phidippus regius
Phidippus otiosus
Phidippus dianthus - Mexico(1)
Phidippus californicus
Phidippus pius
Works Cited
1.Revision of the Jumping Spiders of the Genus Phidippus (Araneae: Salticidae)
G. B. Edwards, Ph.D. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.