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Ant-mimicking spider

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Species:
Myrmarachne luctuosa (ID as detailed below)
Family:
Salticidae
Body length:
female: about 5 mm
male: 5 mm
Habitat:
Mostly found under loose bark
Toxicity:
Probably harmless to humans
Myrmarachne luctuosa

The distinguishing feature of this geenus 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 but the red colour of all parts of the spider except the head region and the rear part of the abdomen is a characteristic of Myrmarachne helensmithae.

The species name of the spider shown above is based on thee contents of the following paper: Pekar S., Petrakiva L., Corcobado G., and Whyte R. (2017) "Revision of eastern Australian ant-mimicking spiders of the genus Myrmarachne (Araneae, Salticidae) reveals a complex of species and forms" Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 197(3), 642-676.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Many other Myrmarachne species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 15 October, 2019.