Phidippus audax
(Bold Jumper)

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Salticidae
  • Genus: Phidippus
  • Species: Phidippus audax

Common Name (AASMore information icon)

Bold Jumper

Other Common Names

Daring Jumping Spider, Bold Jumping Spider, White Spotted Jumping Spider, Jumping Spider

Author

Nicholas Marcellus Hentz, 1845

Pronunciation

fid-DIP-uhs AW-dax

Identification Traits

Disclaimer: The following table provides a quick overview of the spider's basic attributes. The physical traits are greatly generalized in order to aid in the identification and sorting of spider species using our search feature. This information is not exhaustive, and keep in mind that traits such as color, markings, and overall size and shape can vary widely within a species due to variables such as the spider's age, gender, diet, hydration level, climate, and habitat. Though experienced arachnologists and hobbyists can often classify spiders rather accurately based on their unique markings and general appearance, it's important to know that scientifically accurate spider identification relies on detailed taxonomic keys and microscopic examinations of a spider's reproductive organs.

Female iconFemale Male iconMale
Body size More information icon 4mm - 20mm 4mm - 16mm
Eye count 8
Primary Colors
Identifying Traits Fuzzy or hairy appearance, Unique pattern, Striped or banded legs, Short legs
Web style Retreat or silken sac


Additional Remarks

  • Some of the body colors we have selected are the potential colors of the chelicerae (jaws) of this species. They have an iridescent sheen and can be metallic green, blue, or occasionally pink or purple.
  • The most distinctive and typical marking is a white (or orange) triangular patch in the center of its abdomen.
  • Careful, this species can look remarkably similar to some Phidippus regius; the adult males of the two species are almost inseparable, except by the experienced eye.
  • In adult males, the front pair of legs are the thickest and have long, conspicuous tufts of white and black hairs.
  • Juvenile specimens may have black and red or black and orange banded legs.
  • Silken egg sacs are attached under rocks or tree bark, old logs, or in other crevices, and the female stands guard over it. Each brood may have anywhere from 50-200 orangish eggs within it.

Featured Pictures

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Picture of Phidippus audax (Bold Jumper) - Male - Dorsal,Eyes Enlarge picture icon
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Picture of Phidippus audax (Bold Jumper) - Male - Ventral Enlarge picture icon
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