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Ant-mimicking spider

Fact Box
Species:
Damoetas nitidus (QM)
(or a closely related species)
Family:
Salticidae
Body length:
female: about 5 mm
male: about 4.5 mm
Habitat:
This species will most often be found by shaking green shrubs, especially when they are in flower, since it likes to ambush foraging ants
Toxicity:
This species is not aggressive towards humans and is probably too small to induce systemic illness though it may cause local inflammation
Damoetas nitidus
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Side view
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Underside of spider
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A juvenile male?
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Front view

Among the distinguishing features of this species are that it has the general shape of an ant but lacks a helmet-like head region and a body visibly divided into three segments, these being characteristics of the more common ant mimic salticid, Myrmarachne species. The very dark body colour with two pairs of white abdominal cross-bands (at least on the male) is also distinctive.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: None.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 12 September 2009.