Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

The regal jumping spider, Phidippus regius (Araneae: Salticidae).

Abstract

Notes are given on the morphology, distribution, habits, habitat, surveying and detection of Phidippus regius Koch in Florida, which feeds on a wide variety of other arthropods, small immatures usually taking Diptera and older spiders taking Orthoptera, Hemiptera and the larvae and adults of Lepidoptera. P. regius was collected in Florida while feeding on an adult of Diaprepes abbreviatus (L.), a pest of citrus and sugar-cane. Unlike the females, which are white or reddish, the males are black and are sometimes mistaken for black widow spiders [Latrodectus mactans (F.)]; however, they bite only if held tightly, and the painful effects of the bite last for only a few minutes and need no treatment. Morphological differences between P. regius and L. mactans are outlined.