Habronattus formosus

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Current valid name

Habronattus formosus (Banks) (family Salticidae)

Recognition and diagnostic features

Males have diagnostic dark space under each anterior medial eye. Females are generically colored and will look similar to many other female jumping spiders.

Related or similar species

For females, Habronattus pyrrithrix, possibly females of Sitticus dorsatus


Range of body lengths when mature: male: 4.0 - 7.5 mm, female: 4.5 - 8.0

Immatures probably look similar to females.

Egg sac

Time of year eggs are likely to be laid: August - September


In California: Central Valley south to Mexico, but not coastal

Elsewhere: nowhere else

Native to North America

This species has not been transported or become established outside of its range.


Solitary hunting spider. Found most often on ground or crawling on grape vine bark.

Status in table grapes

Level of incidence: uncommon

Level of Concern in New Zealand: WPNZ (May 2010) nr, BORIC (Dec 2011) nr (not listed), MAF-BPRA (2002) nr (coding definition)

Level of Concern in Australia: WPAU (2006) nr (coding definition)

Level of medical importance: none

Common name

None for species, jumping spiders for family

Taxonomic history


Selected references

Griswold, C. E. 1984. A revision of the jumping spider genus Habronattus F. O. P. -Cambridge (Araneae; Salticidae), with phenetic and cladistic analyses. Univ. Calif. Publ. Entomology 107: 1-344.