Entomology (Study of Bugs)/spider ID

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I live in Southern Cal. I saw this spider run across my kitchen counter, and I've never seen anything quite like it. It's furry.

I do get clothing packages in (as a consumer) from China, if these aren't local.

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Hi, Kennin:

The image shows a jumping spider in the genus Phidippus .  You have several species in your area, all of them native.  This one looks dead. :-(

Jumping spiders are not considered dangerously venomous to the average, healthy human being or pet.  They hunt "on foot" instead of spinning webs to catch prey.  They can be gently coaxed into a container and relocated back outdoors if you would rather not have them indoors.

Cheers,

Eric

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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