Colonus puerperus
Sam Martin Thiodina puerpera male.jpg
Thiodina puerpera female 02.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Salticidae
Subfamily: Salticinae
Genus: Colonus
C. puerperus
Binomial name
Colonus puerperus
(Hentz, 1846)[1]

Attus puerperus Hentz, 1846
Thiodina puerpera Peckham & Peckham, 1909

Colonus puerperus is a species of jumping spider commonly found in the eastern United States. Its range stretches along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, and north to Kansas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.[2] It is usually found in grassy areas during the warmer months of the year.[3] Adult females are between 7 and 11 mm (0.3–0.4 in) in length.[3][4] Adult males are between 5 and 7 mm (0.2–0.3 in).[2][4]

The species name is from Latin puerperus, "just having born a child" (from puer, child, and pario, give birth).[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Taxon details Colonus puerperus (Hentz, 1846)". World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  2. ^ a b Richman, David B.; Richard S. Vetter (2004). "A Review of the Spider Genus Thiodina (Araneae, Salticidae) in the United States". The Journal of Arachnology. 32 (3): 424–426. doi:10.1636/h03-45. S2CID 84978604.
  3. ^ a b Howell, W. Mike; Ronald L. Jenkins (2004). Spiders of the Eastern United States: A Photographic Guide. Pearson Education. pp. 336–337.
  4. ^ a b Comstock, John Henry (1975) [First published 1912]. The Spider Book. Cornell University Press. pp. 678–679.

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