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Kerengga Ant-like Jumper

Myrmarachne plataleoides

Description:

This species of spider mimics the Weaver Ants.This is a male and it mimics a weaver ant carrying a worker.The spiders live in trees and bushes where the weaver ants live in colonies. By mimicking the ants they are able to stay close to them and gain protection from predators. Since weaver ants have a painful bite and also taste bad, this strategy appears to be successful. Though these spiders mimic the weaver ants very well they are known to stay away from them. They weave a thin web on leaves, hide under their webbing and ambush their prey. The Kerengga Ant-like Jumper also mimics ant-like behaviour by the style of locomotion and by the way they wave their front legs like antennae to mimic the ants. These jumping-spiders jump only when their safety is threatened.



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50 Comments (1–25)

Erik6
Erik6 6 days ago

The other leg you may have saw Alexchc11 is the pedepalp. It is not a leg.

Seema Swami
Seema Swami 8 months ago

Fantastic spotting !!

Alexchc11
Alexchc11 8 months ago

That has 9 legs instead of 8! Cool!

Jeannette
Jeannette a year ago

Congratulations Atul :)

matimar1
matimar1 a year ago

Excellent spotting!

maggie3
maggie3 a year ago

Beautiful shot... :-)

maggie3
maggie3 a year ago

THAT IS ONE THE BEST PHOTO GRAFS THATR I HAD SEEN IN ALL MY DAY! Congratulations!!!!!!

love and peace,maggie3

tibiprada
tibiprada a year ago

Woow nice species. good job... my SOD !

Atul
Atul a year ago

Thanks Oneng, Jolly, Harsha ,Uday and Leana.

OnengDyah
OnengDyah a year ago

Congratulation..Atul..great pic..

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez a year ago

Congratulations Atul. Very beautiful jumper.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh a year ago

Congratulations. :)

Uday
Uday a year ago

congrats atul!

Congratulations Atul!

Atul
Atul a year ago

wow thank you so much everyone...this is indeed an honor
and will always share such spottings documenting India's biodiversity here with this wonderful community.
thanks again Yasser!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso a year ago

Congratulations Atul for the SOTD!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri a year ago

Congratulations Atul !!!

Argy Bee
Argy Bee a year ago

A truly a well deserved SOTD Atul - even if you needed to glue two ants together to make it. Good job.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar a year ago

Lovely honor for the Organism and for your efforts Atul... Congratulations...!!

AlbertTamayo
AlbertTamayo a year ago

Congrats Atul! Very nice shot of a male ant-mimic! You can check out the pic of a female mimic together with a real weaver ant here: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/751...
And also a portrait of the male here: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/751...

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Awesome! Congratulations!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal a year ago

Congrats for the SOTD Atul..! Superb spotting..:-)

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Oh, wow - this is a super cool spotting, Atul! Congratulations!

MichaelFoisy
MichaelFoisy a year ago

Fantastic spotting, and ever better Ecology! Thank you for sharing this, Atul!

YogeshSave
YogeshSave a year ago

Abhinandan 'PANCHMAHAMANI' Atul sir!!!!

Maharashtra, India

Lat: 19.88, Long: 72.69

Spotted on Jun 20, 2012
Submitted on Jun 28, 2012

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