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Species Phidippus nikites

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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 (purpuratus group)
Species nikites (Phidippus nikites)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Chamberlin & Ivie, 1935
Body length (excluding legs) of adult male ranges from 8-12mm; adult female 9-13mm.


This species is closely related to Phidippus apacheanus and looks very similar. However, according to Edwards 2004(1), unlike P. apacheanus, which stays the same color throughout its life cycle (usually red, sometimes yellow), P. nikites changes colors at various instars (yellow→orange→red or yellow).
Idaho and Oregon south to California and Nevada (2)
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.
2.Salticidae of North America, including Mexico
Richman, David B., Bruce Cutler, & David E. Hill. 2012. Peckhamia, 95.3.