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Plexippus paykulli  (Audouin, 1826)
Main synonym = Attus paykullii    Audouin, 1826
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Arachnida / Araneae / Salticidae
Pan-tropical Jumper, Larger Housefly Catcher     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
This species is robust, with a high carapace. The males are 9 to11 mm in length, while the females are 9 to12 mm. Males are distinctly black and white striped, where it has a light central stripe bordered by dark stripes. A pair of white spots occurs near the posterior tip of the abdomen. The male`s carapace is marked with a central white stripe and a white stripe on each side, but these lateral stripes, instead of meeting in front on the clypeus, curve up, around, and between the anterior eyes. The central white stripe also continues between the anterior eyes, so that the face presents three white stripes on a black background. The female is brown: the carapace is darker, especially the ocular area, with a dull orange median stripe on the thoracic slope. The abdomen has two short black stripes on the posterior half, each containing two white spots, and a tan stripe down the middle with some darker chevrons within.


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