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Ant-mimicking spider

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Species:
Myrmarachne species (QM)
(a common salticid ant mimic that seems to closely resemble Myrmarachne rubra)
Family:
Salticidae
Body length:
female: about 9 mm
male: 11 mm
Habitat:
This species may be found on any surface where ants can be found, though it also makes use of crevices under loose bark on trees in eucalypt forests and is often seen running with streams of ants
Toxicity:
This species is not aggressive towards humans and is unlikely to induce systemic illness though it may cause local inflammation
Myrmarachne species
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View from above
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Another view
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Underneath female
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Adult female?
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Another view
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A related species?

Distinguishing features of this species are the partial constriction of the cephalothorax and abdomen into two segments to produce an ant-like body shape as well as the colour pattern on both parts of the body.

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


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 23 April 2014.