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For the suitor of Helen, see Phidippus (mythology).
Not to be confused with Phodopus.
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Phidippus audax shows green chelicerae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
Subfamily: Dendryphantinae
Genus: Phidippus
C. L. Koch, 1846
Type species
Attus audax
Hentz, 1845

P. audax
P. californicus
P. cardinalis
P. johnsoni
P. mystaceus
P. octopunctatus
P. regius
P. whitmani
P. workmani
  many more, see text

60 species

Phidippus is a genus in the family Salticidae (jumping spiders). Some of the largest jumping spiders inhabit this genus, and many species are characterized by their brilliant, iridescent green chelicerae. Phidippus is distributed almost exclusively in North America, with the exception of two exported species (Phidippus audax and Phidippus regius).[1] As of 2004, there are 60 valid described species in the genus. Species previously described in Phidippus which are found in India and Bangladesh do not belong in this genus.[1]


The genus name is likely derived from Cicero's speech Pro Rege Deiotaro (Speech in Behalf of King Deiotarus): Phidippus was a slave who was physician to King Deiotaros.[2] Literally, the words means "one who spares horses" in Ancient Greek.[3]

Accepted species[edit]

The genus Phidippus consists of the following 60 species:[4]

Misplaced species[edit]

In addition to the species above, several species have been misplaced in the genus (according to Edward's revision) but have yet to be transferred to other genera.[1] These include:


  1. ^ a b c Edwards, G. B. (2004). pp. vii, 4–6.
  2. ^ Cicero (45 BCE). "Pro Rege Deiotaro".
  3. ^ Ubick et al. 2005
  4. ^ Edwards, G. B. (2004). p. vii.


  • Gardner, B.T. (1965): Observations on Three Species of Phidippus Jumping Spiders (Araneae: Salticidae). Psyche 72:133-147 PDF (P. californicus = P. coccineus, P. apacheanus, P. octopunctatus = P. opifex)
  • Ubick, D., Paquin, P., Cushing, P.E. and Roth, V. (editors) (2005): Spiders of North America: An Identification Manual. American Arachnological Society ISBN 0-9771439-0-2
  • Edwards, G.B. (2004): Revision of the jumping spiders of the genus Phidippus (Araneae: Salticidae). Occasional Papers of the Florida State Collection of Arthropods 11: i-viii, 1-156, 350 figs.
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2009): The world spider catalog, version 9.5. American Museum of Natural History.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  • David Edwin Hill: Portrait of feeding female Phidippus audaxVideo
  • David Edwin Hill: Variable female forms of the jumping spider Phidippus clarusVideo