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Myrmarachne species (QM)
female: 7 mm|
male: 9 mm
Any surface where ants can be found, the spiders tending to run with ants along established ant pathways
A bite by this species may cause local inflammation
The distinguishing feature of this species is the partial constriction of the cephalothorax and/or the
abdomen into two segments to produce an ant-like body shape. The very large porrect (forward pointing)
chelicerae on the male are another striking feature. The female's palps are long and thin with paddle-shaped
ends. At least on some Myrmarachne species the cephalothorax appears to have a helmet-like shape. Note that the colour of Myrmarachne species seems to vary, at
least partly, with the colour of the ants they are running with.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Myrmarachne erythrocephala.
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Last updated 21 Decembber 2016.