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Description:

Quite large for a Salticid at around 2cm from head to tip of the abdomen. At first glance, I took it for a Bullet Ant, which were plentiful in the area. Probably it is a bullet ant-mimic... although my research has shown nothing. Two genera have come up so far, Zuniga and Sarinda, but without a clear match. Therefore, any suggestions welcome.

Habitat:

Tropical rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon region, in the vicinity of Tena.

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9 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks, Felipe. I thought Myrmarachne, but haven't been able to confirm genus. I don't think it's formicaria, mainly due to size.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Indeed, it took more than one look to work out it wasn't an Ant.

JordiPrats
JordiPrats 3 years ago

Amazing mimics

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks, Karen :-)

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 3 years ago

Love the eyes in the third photo

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks, triggs. ID has been difficult, even in a jumping spider group no one recognised it. Makes it all the more interesting.

triggsturner
triggsturner 3 years ago

Nice one Felix. Sorry I can't help with ID but it certainly has that bullet ant look to it. I would be very interested if you get an ID.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

My pleasure! Thanks for the comment.

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 years ago

Cool looking critter! Great spotting Felix. Thank you for sharing :)

Felix Fleck
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

Tálag, Napo, Ecuador

Spotted on Jun 20, 2015
Submitted on Mar 1, 2017

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