Plexippus paykulli (Audouin, 1826) - Pantropical Jumper
Most New World jumping spiders belong to one of two groups (clades) and North American species are largely distinct from those in Central and South America. A number of cosmopolitan salticids, however, occur on both continents and are far from their original range. Plexippus paykulli, a native of southeast Asia, is also know as Pantropical Jumping Spider. Introduced in Florida, the species is most common in the Gulf Coast states and ranges south into Paraguay. P. paykulli also occurs in various tropical areas of Africa and Asia. This species has an affinity for man-made structures and may be found around exterior lights that attract insect prey.
Edwards and Hill, 2008