Comments & ID Thoughts
The spider has white marks on top and bottom. It also had a bluish face. I thought it could be a mouse spider but read mouse spiders only live in Australia. We found the spider in our car.
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- Submitted: May 27, 2018
- Photographed: May 27, 2018
- Spider: Phidippus audax (Bold Jumper)
- Location: Glen Rock, NJ, New Jersey, United States
- Spotted Indoors: Other
- Found in web?: No
- Attributes: Dorsal
We have some species of mouse spider in the United States. Mostly if not entirely down south. Most common makes refer to a large group of spiders rather than one specific species. This here though, I believe this is a bold Jumping spider. Likely phidippus audax, but I’m not an expert and someone will be along to verify before too long.
Depends on what you mean by “Mouse Spider”. The ground spider Scotophaeus blackwalli goes by that common name and it is established along the west coast. Then there is the medically significant Mouse Spider in the genus Missulena and all but one species of which is native to Australia, the only exception being Missulena tussulena which is native to Chille.
I was referring to blackwalli, but I didn’t know that they weren’t related to the other mouse spiders. Thank you 🙂