Platycryptus undatus

provided by wikipedia EN

Platycryptus undatus, also called tan jumping spider, is a species of jumping spider.

Description

The bodies of these spiders are rather compressed in the vertical direction, which allows them to hide themselves under the loosened bark of trees and in other tight places. They have a prominent pattern on their abdomens which may make them more difficult to distinguish on mottled surfaces.

Females of this species are between 10 and 13 mm in body length, and males range from 8.5 to 9.5 mm.

It favors vertical surfaces such as fences, walls, etc. and because of its habits it is easily seen. Like some other species of jumping spider, this species appears to exhibit curiosity towards humans who come into its visual field (jumping spiders all have very good vision.) It does not frantically flee humans and may be gently "herded" onto a hand, where it may make a thorough exploration and even jump from finger to finger. These spiders are not inclined to bite, but even though they are rather small they can deliver a defensive bite if they are pinched or squeezed.

Eggs are laid and hatch during the summer, and adults and other stages overwinter in their individual silken shelters. Although the shelters are built separately and keep the spiders out of direct contact with each other, Kaston reports that as many as fifty of them may crowd their shelters for hibernation together so tightly that they form a continuous blanket under the loose bark of a standing tree.[1]

Distribution

 src=
male Platycryptus undatus

Platycryptus undatus occurs in North and Central America. The distribution of this species ranges from the Eastern States and adjacent Canada, to Texas and Wisconsin.[2]

References

  1. ^ Kaston, Benjamin Julian (1981). Spiders of Connecticut (Bulletin 70, revised ed.). Connecticut Geological and Natural History Survey. p. 454.
  2. ^ Kaston, Benjamin Julian (1953). How to Know the Spiders (1st ed.). Dubuque, IA: W.C. Brown Co. ISBN 0-697-04898-5. OCLC 681432632.

 title=
license
cc-by-sa-3.0
copyright
Wikipedia authors and editors
original
visit source
partner site
wikipedia EN

Platycryptus undatus: Brief Summary

provided by wikipedia EN

Platycryptus undatus, also called tan jumping spider, is a species of jumping spider.

license
cc-by-sa-3.0
copyright
Wikipedia authors and editors
original
visit source
partner site
wikipedia EN