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Ant mimicking jumping spider

Myrmarachane sp.

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3 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 4 weeks ago

Fascinating info. Raksha. Thank you very much.

Raksha
Raksha 4 weeks ago

I guess mainly they mimic ant so that they can avoid predators which normally avoid ants because they are unpalatable and aggressive. They may also mimic ants so that they can get near the ants and prey on them without startling the whole colony. I have noticed the use of ant mimicry to prey on aphids too among the smaller species of ant mimicking spiders. Ants and aphids share symbiotic relationship so aphids are usually not afraid of ants.

Brian38
Brian38 4 weeks ago

So many variations! In what way do they use their mimicry? Scare away potential predators? I'm just super curious what they are all about.

Raksha
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Raksha

Kerala, India

Lat: 11.63, Long: 76.07

Spotted on Dec 22, 2019
Submitted on Dec 22, 2019

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