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Adult Male Jumping spider (Pelegrina pervaga) | by Thomas Shahan
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Adult Male Jumping spider (Pelegrina pervaga)

I search the same few areas for bugs almost weekly hoping to find something new. I have almost grown accustomed to not finding anything in this one conifer-rich area but Phidippus audax females in some wood platforms, but Friday afternoon, I noticed a little form atop a log laying beneath a conifer. I approached the little mottled form hoping it would be a jumping spider - and sure enough, it was! To my delight he turned out to be an adult male of a species I have never seen.

 

After searching around a bit and a quick e-mail to Dr. Wayne Maddison, I discovered he was a Pelegrina pervaga - a species found in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas largely on conifers (junipers maybe?... I don't know my trees too well). Also, there currently aren't any photos of this species (except this beautiful specimen photographed by Pete Carmichael) available online as far as I can tell. Maybe I'll head out again to find some females in the same tree, photograph them, and create a wikipedia page for the species...

 

P. pervaga on Bugguide: bugguide.net/node/view/263187#400469

 

P. pervaga on Tolweb: tolweb.org/Pelegrina_pervaga/5051

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Taken on April 3, 2009