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Habronattus viridipes group

Wayne Maddison
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taxon links [up-->]Habronattus calcaratus [up-->]Habronattus viridipes [up-->]Habronattus jucundus [up-->]Habronattus californicus [up-->]Habronattus forticulus [up-->]Habronattus dossenus [up-->]Habronattus clypeatus [up-->]Habronattus notialis [up-->]Habronattus formosus [down<--]Habronattus Interpreting the tree
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Tree from Griswold (1987).
Containing group: Habronattus


The H. viridipes group consists of those species with modified first and third legs that lack the secondarily straightened tegular apophysis characteristic of the H. coecatus group.


Like the coecatus group, the viridipes group has a fringed first leg and modified third leg.

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First leg of H. notialis and third leg of H. calcaratus, both of the viridipes group sensu stricto (see Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships). © Wayne Maddison

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

The tree shown above is that from Griswold (1987), but recent evidence suggests that the viridipes group might be best divided into two, the viridipes group proper consisting of: and the clypeatus group consisting of:

(the placement of forticulus and velivolus is not clear).

These two subgroups show distinctively different courtship behaviors (Maddison, unpublished). The viridipes group proper has a raised v of scales between the back eyes; the clypeatus group has a more prominent stridulatory organ. Some preliminary molecular data (Hedin and Maddison, unpublished) and aspects of the ornamentation hint that the clypeatus group may be more closely related to the coecatus group than to the virdipes group proper.


Griswold, C. E. 1987. A revision of the jumping spider genus Habronattus F.O.P.-Cambridge (Araneae; Salticidae), with phenetic and cladistic analyses. University of California Publications, Entomology 107: 1-344.

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Scientific Name Habronattus notialis
Location Thomson, Georgia, USA
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Sex Male
Copyright © 1994-1995 Wayne Maddison
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Wayne Maddison
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Maddison, Wayne. 1995. Habronattus viridipes group. Version 01 January 1995 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Habronattus_viridipes_group/4003/1995.01.01 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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