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Ant mimic spider

Myrmecotypus rettenmeyeri


Perfect example of ant mimicry, the best I know. "M. rettenmeyeri has a strange longitudinal band of black hairs extending along the midline of the cephalothorax. This seems to enhance the resemblance to the ant Camponotus sericeiventris with which it shares the same habitat. The crests of black hairs correspond to the solid longitudinal keel-like dorsal extensions of the posterior sections of the ant's thorax.M. rettenmeyeri is named after entomologist Carl W. Rettenmeyer, who researched ants."


This spider I so beautiful! I'm glad I was able to spot it again. Last time I uploaded a Myrmecotypus spotting there was some kind of debate wether or not it was a spider. Actually when I took those pics I thought I was shooting an ant. ( This time around I wanted to make sure it really showed it is a spider. While I was shooting it it would move behind the leaves and get mixed with the actual carpenter ants making it very hard to shoot.

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Diaz José Miguel
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Diaz José Miguel

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 30, 2015
Submitted on Jul 30, 2015

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