SALTICIDAE - ANT MIMICKING SPIDER

FACT FILE - 290

Family

Salticidae

Species

Myrmarachne luctuosa forma urens
(L Koch, 1879)

Body Length

Female: 6mm
Male: 4mm

Habitat

Found on Eucalyptus trees in association with Jack Jumper ants.

Toxicity

Too small to be considered harmful to humans.

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Jack Jumper Ant, Myrmecia urens, Lowne, 1865. This is the ant that the spider mimics. The spider moves in the same jerky manner that the ant moves in. The spider also waves its front legs similar to the movement of the ant's antennae.

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Jack Jumper Ant, Myrmecia urens. 6mm long.

This ant mimics the appearance and movement of the Jack Jumper ants among which it lives.