Ant jumping Spiders - Myrmarachne

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Ant jumping Spiders - Myrmarachne

Unread post by Nannie »

Hi can anyone help to confirm, or correctly ID this.
I first ID this from my insect book as a Slender Ant (Tetraponera). But on re-look and re-think an ant has 6 legs, also the Slender ant is only 4-10mm long and the eyes are on the side of the head.
This insect and I am now thinking spider has 8legs, is about 18mm long, it can spin a web ( see insert ). The actual eyes are in front ( see insert ). The eye on the side of the head I think are false eyes ???.
Saw this in a friends garden in Marloth Park.

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Re: Insect ID needed

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Looks like its wearing sunglasses! 8)
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten »

Your ant/spider is actually a jumping spider -- check the eye configuration. Genus Myrmarachne, called ant jumping spiders. Definitely NOT ants...

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