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Don Cadle, Contributing Editor
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Don Cadle
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West Palm Beach, FL

I am NOT an expert. However, I am familiar with many of the Phidippus species, especially in the eastern U.S. I've collected hundreds of these spiders over the past two decades. I have also reared countless spiderlings of many species.
I have no formal education in this field. Most of my knowledge has been acquired through experience collecting, photographing, rearing, and breeding these spiders. The Revision of the Genus Phidippus, by Dr. G.B. Edwards is also an excellent source for anyone interested in these spiders. Bugguide has been an opportunity to see many variations of species that I otherwise would have not had the opportunity to see.
I do feel that if a spider can be identified to species with reasonable certainty, then it should be on the species page. I always welcome second opinions. If you think I've made an error in identifying a spider in an image, please comment or send me an email. I've made my share of mistakes in the past.

Tip: If a doctor of jumping spiders ever suggests that the spider in your image is of a certain species, consider that to be likely correct.