Phidippus otiosus is a species of jumping spider that is found in southeastern North America. It is primarily a tree-living species. Females reach a body length of about 16 mm. Its iridescent fangs can range in color from purple to green.
Females position their single egg sac under the bark of oak and pine trees. These are laid from December to February in South Carolina, and from January to June in Florida. The spiderlings mature during fall.
P. otiosus naturally occurs in the southeastern United States from Florida and Texas to North Carolina. However, this species is sometimes exported with plants such as Tillandsia, with occasional finds in countries as remote as Sweden and Germany.
A common name for this species is Canopy Jumping Spider.
- Roach 1988
- Phidippus otiosus "Canopy Jumper" | Tarantulaspiders Online
- Edwards 2004
- Salticidae.org: P. otiosus from Sweden
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