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Kerengga Ant-like Jumper

Myrmarachne plataleoides


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)

JumpingSpider22 3 years ago

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

Seema Swami
Seema Swami 4 years ago

Fantastic spotting !!

W1ldl1f3 1
W1ldl1f3 1 4 years ago

That has 9 legs instead of 8! Cool!

Jeannette 5 years ago

Congratulations Atul :)

tibiprada 5 years ago

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

Atul 5 years ago

Thanks Oneng, Jolly, Harsha ,Uday and Leana.

OnengDyah 5 years ago

Congratulation..Atul..great pic..

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 5 years ago

Congratulations Atul. Very beautiful jumper.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 5 years ago

Congratulations. :)

Uday 5 years ago

congrats atul!

Congratulations Atul!

Atul 5 years 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 5 years ago

Congratulations Atul for the SOTD!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 5 years ago

Congratulations Atul !!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years 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 5 years ago

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

AlbertTamayo 5 years 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:
And also a portrait of the male here:

Wild Things
Wild Things 5 years ago

Awesome! Congratulations!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 5 years ago

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

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

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

MichaelFoisy 5 years ago

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

YogeshSave 5 years ago

Abhinandan 'PANCHMAHAMANI' Atul sir!!!!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Congratulations, Atul, for the SOTD.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago


I,ll say 'break a thousand lenses and shoot one of this'. Amazing!

Maharashtra, India

Lat: 19.88, Long: 72.69

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

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