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Hypoblemum albovittatum (Keyserling, 1882) sensu Zabka & Pollard, 2002 White-banded House Jumper

Common in Queensland, New South Wales and most of New Zealand south to Christchurch, often seen around built up areas on walls and fences during the warmer part of the day. Known as 'House Hopper' it is among the most obvious and encountered spiders on NZ's North Island. It is a very mobile spider quick to jump. The male is brown with a mat of forward-pointing orange to bright red hairs on the front of the head, obvious from facing shots. The male has distinctively longer and fringed legs III, which it may use in courtship display. The forward facing fringing is black and the rearward facing fringing is white. The legs III are heavily armed with spines. There is a patchy white garland high on the rear of the head of the male, and white lines from the garland to the perimeter of the head at the back, rather like arched windows. The abdomen is very shaggy, with a white spot at the rear. The pedipalps have quite a lot of white hairs from the femurs to the tibiae, rather like Joel Garner's sweatbands. A darker stripe runs lengthways down the upper surface of the abdomen. The head of the male appears depressed or sunken in the middle, obvious in some photos. The female also has a white garland (the meaning of albovittatum) around the crown of the head at the rear and usually a uniformly grey or somewhat mottled abdomen. There are many similar species and some confusion around this one, which we express as sensu (in the sense of) Zabka and Pollard who redescribed Hypoblemum in 2002. However the drawing of the type species described by Keyserling does not match the animal redescribed in 2002. Similar species considered not to be Hypoblemum albovittatum have the garland around the lower rear perimeter of the head, and the female's epigyne (external genitalia) is distinctively different. ♀ 8mm ♂ 7mm

Adult male from Nelson, South Island


Hypoblemum parvalum

Female adult 080211 Papamoa Beach New Zealand


Hypoblemum albovittatum
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female adult 080211 Papamoa Beach New Zealand


Hypoblemum albovittatum
Photo: Robert Whyte

Egg sac in foliage 080211 Papamoa Beach New Zealand


Hypoblemum albovittatum
Photo: Robert Whyte

Egg sac open with spiderlings 080211 Papamoa Beach New Zealand


Hypoblemum albovittatum
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male adult from above, North Queensland


Hypoblemum villosum
Photo: Ed Nieuwenhuys

Male adult facing oblique, North Queensland


Hypoblemum villosum
Photo: Ed Nieuwenhuys

Male from Stoney Creek, South East Queensland


Hypoblemum villosum
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male from Stoney Creek, South East Queensland


Hypoblemum villosum
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male from North Queensland AUS-394 Paluma 15-11-12


Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Collector: Iain Macaulay Photo: Robert Whyte

Male from North Queensland AUS-394 Paluma 15-11-12


Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Collector: Iain Macaulay Photo: Robert Whyte

Male from North Queensland AUS-394 Paluma 15-11-12


Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Collector: Iain Macaulay Photo: Robert Whyte

Male from North Queensland AUS-394 Paluma 15-11-12


Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Collector: Iain Macaulay Photo: Robert Whyte

Male from North Queensland AUS-394 Paluma 15-11-12


Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Collector: Iain Macaulay Photo: Robert Whyte

Male from Applegrove Farm, Girraween


Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male from Applegrove Farm, Girraween


Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male from Applegrove Farm, Girraween, palp


Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female from Applegrove Farm, Girraween, with epigyne


A from above, B from side, C epigyne, D epigyne alternate view, E from above.

Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female from Kidaman Creek, Sunshine Coast, with teeth and epigyne


A facing, B from behind, C epigyne, D chelicerae and teeth

Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male, Gloucester, NSW


Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Collector: Iain Macaulay Photo: Robert Whyte

Female, Nana Glen, NSW


Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Collector: Iain Macaulay Photo: Robert Whyte

Male and female Walton Bridge Reserve


Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male from Victoria


Hypoblemum albovittatum sensu Zabka and Pollard 2002
Photo: Ben Miriklis Craigieburn, Victoria

References


  • Zabka and Pollard, 2002 - SaIticidae (Arachnida: Araneae) of New Zealand: genus Hypoblemum
    Peckham and Peckham, 1886 Recordsof Canterbury Museum Vol 16 pp 64-72
 

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