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Plexippus paykulli (Audouin, 1826)

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Description of Plexippus paykulli (Pantropical jumper)

Physical Characteristics

Female 8.5 to 12 mm.
Abdomen grey-brown to reddish brown with a lighter median band which widens up to the rear and gets some bulges. Along the sides also lighter hairs.
Carapace grey-brown to reddish brown with lighter hairs on top of the head and a lighter median band behind it.
Legs grey-brown to reddish brown with faint light and dark spots and stripes.
Palps grey-brown to reddish brown with long lighter hairs.

Male 6.5 to 9 mm.
Abdomen dark reddish brown to black with white sides and a broad white median band which is a bit wider at the rear and has a transverse stripe.
Carapace dark reddish brown to black with white sides and a white median band which extends below the anterior eyes. Face dark reddish brown to black with white stripes.
Legs dark reddish brown to black with white markings. Pair of legs I downwards darker.
Palps reddish brown with white tufts of hair and distinctive white spots on the top of the tarsi.

Habitat

In warm areas on limestone grounds and on and around houses.

Distribution

Occurs in the Mediterranean area and Britain.

Period

The portrayed specimen has been found in June. No further information about the period is known.