Entomology (Study of Bugs)/black spider found


Found this spider wandering around the house which one Is this if you could help in figuring out.


I can't enlarge the images enough to tell you anything more than....

It is a jumping spider in the family Salticidae.  There are many species that look like your image, from several different genera ("genera" is plural of "genus").

No jumping spider species is considered dangerously venomous to the average healthy person or pet, if that was an unspoken question.

Jumping spiders hunt "on foot," instead of spinning a web to catch prey.  They have very keen eyesight, and are curious, which is often interpreted as aggression.  Here's more:


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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