|MOUTH PART of a
male Myrmarachne malayana spider
2016-10-03 MON 15:21 SEMARAK ASIA
lives in the foraging ranges of a variety of ants and shows no specific resemblance to any ant.
This ant-mimicking spider is covered with reflective hairs to simulate the shiny, bodies of black ants.
About 500 species of spiders are known to mimic the appearance of ants, a phenomenon called myrmecomorphy.
|Eyes of Myrmarachne
Jumping Spiders (Family of Salticidae) are easily recognized by their eyes pattern. Eight eyes arranged in one row surrounding 3 sides of the head.
They have very good eyesight and very active. Each species in this family have different colourful patterns on their bodies.
The Family of Salticidae in Borneo is a large family contains colourful species of spiders.
The Genus Myrmarachne mimic ants. These group of
spiders mimic ants in
Myrmarachne malayana Spiders mimic ants. They mimic in body shape and colour patterns. This Ant-mimic Spider walk like an ant too.
However, when disturbed, this spider run very fast, jump or drop down as a typical Jumping Spider.
Ants are the most abundant group of insects and
have powerful defense mechanisms such as acid taste, aggressive
biting, painful sting, and group defense. Ants are generally not
subject to predation. They are the ideal models in mimicry rings.
Many insects and spiders have different ways to resemble ants. This
is known as Myrmecomorphy.
INDEX : Insects July 27, 2019 10:28:17 PM