Rare Species Guide

 Marpissa grata    (Gertsch, 1936)

A Jumping Spider 

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Hyctia grata, Marpissa wallacei

  Basis for Former Listing

Marpissa grata (Toothed Slender Jumping Spider) is a Great Lakes endemic known only from Michigan and Minnesota. It was originally collected by Gertsch (1936) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is known from five counties. This suggests that the Minnesota populations may be significant to the conservation of this species nationally. The Toothed Slender Jumping Spider was listed as a special concern species in Minnesota in 1996. Special concern jumping spiders are those known from three or more sites in Minnesota but with significant range restrictions or particular habitat associations that make their populations appear vulnerable from a conservation standpoint.

  Basis for Delisting

Since its listing as a special concern species, the Toothed Slender Jumping Spider has been documented at eight new sites in six additional counties distributed widely across the state. These data suggest that this species is more common and widely distributed in Minnesota than was formerly believed. The Toothed Slender Jumping Spider was delisted in 2013.

  References and Additional Information

Barnes, R. D. 1958. North American jumping spiders of the subfamily Marpissinae (Araneae, Salticidae). American Museum Novitates 1867:1-50.

Cutler, B. 1971. Spiders from heading bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) in Roseau County, Minnesota. Michigan Entomologist 4:123-127.

Cutler, B. 1988. Final report to the Invertebrate Group Committee. Pages 423-431 in B. Coffin and L. Pfannmuller, editors. Minnesota's endangered flora and fauna. University of Minnesota Press, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ehmann, W. J. 2002. Conservation biology of special concern jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) of Minnesota. Final Report submitted to the Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 11 pp.

Ehmann, W. J., and B. E. Boyd. 1997. Surveys for proposed special concern jumping spiders of Minnesota. Final report submitted to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 18pp.

Foelix, R. F. 1996. Biology of spiders. Second edition. Oxford University Press, New York, New York. 336 pp.

Forster, L. M., and M. R. Forster. 1999. How do jumping spiders catch up on their prey?: a model for pursuit behaviour. (Araneae; Salticidae). Preliminary Draft, 06 Aug 1999.

Gertsch, W. J. 1936. Further diagnoses of new American spiders. American Museum Novitates 852:1-27.

Kaston, B. J. 1955. Checklist of Illinois spiders. Transaction of the Illinois Academy of Science 47:165-172.

Levi, H. W., and H. M. Field. 1954. The spiders of Wisconsin. American Midland Naturalist 51:440-467.

Maddison, W. 1994. Jumping spiders of America north of Mexico [web application]. Tree of Life web project, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. <http://tolweb.org/accessory/Jump>. Accessed 16 Aug 2006.

Richman, D. B., B. Cutler, and D. E. Hill. 2011. Salticidae of North America, including Mexico. Peckhamia 95.1:1-88.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2012. Statement of need and reasonableness. Division of Ecological and Water Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul. 337 pp.

Weber, L. 2002. Spiders of the North Woods (North Woods naturalist guides). Kollath-Stensaas Publishing, Duluth, Minnesota. 216 pp.

Wikipedia contributors. 2010. Jumping spider. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping_spider>. Accessed 15 April 2010.

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