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Anyone know if Phidippus purpuratus is found in Florida?

Discussion in 'True Spiders & Other Arachnids' started by Ratmosphere, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member

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    I thought this species was limited to the Northern parts of the USA. I have a seller saying he has one that was collected in Florida. Are they even found there? Is there any data I could find that shows this species is found there?
     
  2. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member

    It was found in Hernando Co. Florida.
     
  3. Tenevanica

    Tenevanica Arachnodemon Active Member

    http://bugguide.net/node/view/6789/data

    Bugguide seems to think it's only a northern species. Though, Bugguide is based on submitted images, so it's not entirely out of the question that they're in Florida... Just seems unlikely.
     
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  4. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member

    True, the pictures he sent me looked exactly like Phidippus purpuratus which was extremely interesting.
     
  5. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Arachnoprince Active Member

    Could you please post the pictures here?


    If it were found in Florida, I would at least expect to see some finds in neighboring states.

    Additionally, the World Spider Catalog gives the range as "USA, Canada."

    Perhaps he found a similar-looking species in the purpuratus group? Here is that data for Florida. However, even that seems unlikely, as the only purpuratus group submissions from Florida are Phidippus apacheanus.
     
  6. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member

    These are his pictures.

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  7. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

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    Looks like either purpuratus or texanus
     
  8. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member

    I figured. Just really cool that they could be found in Florida when there's no records of them there.
     
  9. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

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    It's amazing how far spiders can travel. ballooning spiderlings can all emerge and blow away with trade winds and end up on new continents
     
  10. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoangel Active Member