Small Black Ant-mimicking Spider - Myrmarachne sp.


This page contains pictures and information about Small Black Ant-mimicking Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 5mm
This Jumping Spider just looks like an small black ant. Usually this spider is found hunting on small plants where are many small black ants around as well.
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The above picture shows its retreat built on long grass leaf. This small jumping spider has relatively strong front arms. 
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In its small size, if its front pair of legs mimic ant's antenna, they could be too weak to attack. Instead of mimicking the ant's antenna, the spider have its second pair of legs reduced in size and pale colour, to hide its spider identity.
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This retreat built on Acacia leaf.  

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Last updated: October 01, 2007.