Jumping Spiders
Genus Opisthoncus
Small Garden Jumping Spider
Two-spotted Jumping Spider
Garden Jumping Spider
Biting Jumping Spider
Long-jawed Jumping Spider
Colourful Biting Jumper 
Genus Sandalodes
Double-brush Jumper 
Ludicra Jumping Spider
Flat-white Jumping Spider
Flat-brown Jumping Spider 
Invisible Jumping Spider
Golden Tail Jumper 
Small Brown Jumpers
Salticid Ant Eater
Three-lines Jumper 
Brown Jumper
Black Jumper
Well-dressed Jumper
Other Groups
Small Striped Jumping Spider 
Cytaea Jumping Spider
Aussie Bronze Jumper
Unknown Jumpers


Small Black Ant-mimicking Spider - Ligonipes semitectus


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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With 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 adapted to have its second pair of legs reduced size and paler colour, to hide its spider 8-legs identity.
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1. Ligonipes semitectus - lifeunseen.com, by Nick Monaghan, 2007.
2. Ligonipes semitectus - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2008.  

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