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Banded Metallic-Green Jumping Spider

Cosmophasis micans


A spectacularly-coloured jumping spider with iridescent, metallic-looking, turqoise-green coloured bands across the carapace, a white stripe along the front edge and sides of the abdomen, a central white stripe running lengthways down the abdomen and white and turquoise bands on the legs - otherwise mostly jet black. In Australia its range is Queensland from the wet tropics to (rarely) SEQ, including central Mackay coast and desert uplands but probably only in riverine rainforest in southern and central areas. Also in New Guinea and South East Asia. The carapace is high, widest behind the posterior lateral eyes sloping quite steeply to the margins. The abdomen is long, more or less cigar-shaped, a little flattish on top and tapering towards the spinnerets. It feeds on ants and other arthropods. The name cosmo means world and phasis means phase, aspect, appearance, or way. It may refer to the way the cephalothorax, if spherical, might resemble a world, with bands of oceans and continents. The word micans is from the Latin micare to vibrate and sparkle, hence sparkling, shiny, iridiscent. ♀ 5mm ♂ 8mm

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Brilliant photo series of this beautiful little guy.

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Added photo

Burnuhwill 9 years ago

I've never seen a spider with such beautiful colors before.

KerryHawkins 9 years ago

Very pretty spider!

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Mossman, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jun 6, 2013
Submitted on Jun 6, 2013

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