Salticus scenicus, the zebra spider, is a jumping spider that can be found in the entire northern hemisphere. As its common name suggests, the zebra spider can be identified by its black and white colored abdomen.
Description of the zebra spider
Zebra spiders are black with sections of tiny white hairs giving them the look of white stripes. They can sometimes look brown with white stripes. The abdomen is slightly larger than the cephalothorax.
The legs are short for spiders. They have eight eyes. Four across the front and two along each side, near the top. The two middle eyes in the front are much larger.
The Zebra Jumping Spider will grow to about 1/4 inch (6mm).
The zebra spider is a hunter spider and does not build a web to catch prey. This is true for any hunting spider.
Salticus scenicus Scientific Classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Subphylum: Chelicerata
- Class: Arachnida
- Order: Araneae
- Infraorder: Araneomorphae
- Family: Salticidae
- Genus: Salticus
- Species: Salticus scenicus
Distribution of zebra spiders in the USA
The zebra spider appears throughout the entire nothern hemisphere and in every US state: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming