Sassacus papenhoei's range is in the Nearctic region, its most northern population is in Minnesota, but it ranges as far south as Mexico. It has populations in both the eastern and western United States. (Eliott, et al., 2017)
After hatching from an egg during summer, young (Cranshaw, 2010)may disperse through a process called ballooning where they jump into the air and use a small silk line as drag. They immediately begin caring for themselves after hatching and in a similar species juvenile spiders do not mature until spring of the next year.
Similar jumping spider species breed in the spring. The number of offspring per egg sac is unknown. Females generally lay their egg sac in early summer and will continue to lay eggs throughout the summer. Juvenile spiders are fully mature by next spring. Hatched spiders are independent of their mother immediately. (Ehmann, 2017)
There is very little parental investment post-hatch within the (Cranshaw, 2010)species. Eggs are laid within a silken tent made by the female which provides some protection before they are hatched. The female also stays with the eggs until they hatch to protect them. Upon hatching young spiders are immediately independent and disperse.
Not much is known about (Cranshaw, 2010)as far as lifespan is concerned, but in similar species a one year life span is typical.
The range or territory size is unknown. (Richman, 2008)
The color pattern adopted by the species mimics beetles which is a prey species, this may help it when hunting. When presented with a predator this species may try and scare the predator away by jumping towards it and waving its front legs. (Cranshaw, 2010)
There are no known benefits besides that of education and knowledge. (Eliott, et al., 2017)
There are no known costs involved with this species as it does not often inhabit homes and is non-venomous. (Richman, 2008)
Samantha Foltz (author), Minnesota State University Mankato, Robert Sorensen (editor), Minnesota State University, Mankato, Tanya Dewey (editor), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
living in the Nearctic biogeographic province, the northern part of the New World. This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico.
living in landscapes dominated by human agriculture.
having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria.
an animal that mainly eats meat
Found in coastal areas between 30 and 40 degrees latitude, in areas with a Mediterranean climate. Vegetation is dominated by stands of dense, spiny shrubs with tough (hard or waxy) evergreen leaves. May be maintained by periodic fire. In South America it includes the scrub ecotone between forest and paramo.
a substantial delay (longer than the minimum time required for sperm to travel to the egg) takes place between copulation and fertilization, used to describe female sperm storage.
animals which must use heat acquired from the environment and behavioral adaptations to regulate body temperature
the state that some animals enter during winter in which normal physiological processes are significantly reduced, thus lowering the animal's energy requirements. The act or condition of passing winter in a torpid or resting state, typically involving the abandonment of homoiothermy in mammals.
An animal that eats mainly insects or spiders.
offspring are produced in more than one group (litters, clutches, etc.) and across multiple seasons (or other periods hospitable to reproduction). Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons (or periodic condition changes).
having the capacity to move from one place to another.
the area in which the animal is naturally found, the region in which it is endemic.
reproduction in which eggs are released by the female; development of offspring occurs outside the mother's body.
the kind of polygamy in which a female pairs with several males, each of which also pairs with several different females.
specialized for leaping or bounding locomotion; jumps or hops.
scrub forests develop in areas that experience dry seasons.
breeding is confined to a particular season
remains in the same area
reproduction that includes combining the genetic contribution of two individuals, a male and a female
that region of the Earth between 23.5 degrees North and 60 degrees North (between the Tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle) and between 23.5 degrees South and 60 degrees South (between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle).
A terrestrial biome. Savannas are grasslands with scattered individual trees that do not form a closed canopy. Extensive savannas are found in parts of subtropical and tropical Africa and South America, and in Australia.
A grassland with scattered trees or scattered clumps of trees, a type of community intermediate between grassland and forest. See also Tropical savanna and grassland biome.
A terrestrial biome found in temperate latitudes (>23.5° N or S latitude). Vegetation is made up mostly of grasses, the height and species diversity of which depend largely on the amount of moisture available. Fire and grazing are important in the long-term maintenance of grasslands.
uses sight to communicate
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