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Ant Mimic Spider by NocturnalSea Ant Mimic Spider by NocturnalSea
Yet another spider for my shirt design.

Myrmarachne is a genus of jumping spiders that mimic ants.

Like all spiders they only have two body segments, but their cephalothoraces has been modified to give the appearance of a distinct head and thorax. Since ants only have three legs, myrmarachnids wave hold their fourth, foremost pair out in front of them to imitate an ant's antennae.

On the bottom is the female Myrmarachne plataloides, which almost perfectly mimics a typical weaver ant.

On top is a male, which possesses a set of greatly enlarged chelicerae that it uses to spar with other males, and to create the illusion of a larger, soldier ant carrying a smaller worker (in many weaver ant colonies, soldiers will carry workers to new food sources).
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BFG8800GTX Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
We see these in our homes quite often in suburban Bangalore, India. Interesting critters.
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randomman55 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
It's weird how their teeth spread out like clothespins, no?
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draegornatose Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
I remember reading about these once. These guys like to eat ant eggs, if I remember correctly.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am reliefed I knew about these already! Wonderful picture! =)
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Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I had to look this species up after seeing this picture.

I learned something today. :D
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