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Two Striped Telamonia Male

Telamonia dimidiata


A male Telamonia seen here alongside a moult (moult is most likely of a tiny sparassid) This genus of jumping spider shows sexual dimorphism ...the male exhibiting a bright colour pattern as compared to the females !

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Atul 3 years ago

Thank you so much :)

Tukup 3 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD Atul. Great shot. Incredible detail.

Beautiful capture Atul,congrats on the wel deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Atul, your Two-Striped Jumper is our Spotting of the Day!

"This two-striped jumper (Telamonia dimidiata) is our Spotting of the Day! Telamonia is a genus of colorful jumping spiders (family Salticidae) found in rain forest, mostly in Asia and parts of Africa. They often have two longitudinal stripes along the abdomen. There is a long-running internet hoax warning that Telamonia dimidiata is purportedly a poisonous species that hides under toilet seats and is responsible for people deaths. Nothing could be further away from the truth! From Wikipedia: "Since 1999, the spider has been the subject of an email hoax claiming that it was a fatal spider found lurking under toilet seats in North Florida. This hoax was a rehashing of an older email circulated in 1999 with similar claims, except under the name "South American Blush Spider (arachnius gluteus [sic])" - literally "butt spider". Similar email hoaxes (with details of the original changed) occurred in other parts of the world, alleging the same falsity in the recipients' countries. Lately it has also appeared on Facebook, also including a picture of the arachnid. Posts commonly report of it being found world-round, suggesting everyone must take precautions. No such events appear to have occurred, and the story is considered an urban legend. The false rumor has since spread to websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr in 2012. Now the same hoax is circulating on Whatsapp (2018)". "



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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Jan 16, 2019
Submitted on Feb 16, 2019

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