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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Giant Ant-Like Jumper
Myrmarachne maxillosa (C. L. Koch) 1846
 
close-up of black ant mimic with large jaws
Male
The abdomen is oval, without a constriction. It probably mimics the Common Spiny Ants of the genus Polyharchis. Classification: Family Salticidae, Jumping Spiders
Habitat: Shrubs in waste-land and jungle fringes.
Female: 6-7 mm.
Male: 5.5-8 mm (total length of male, including jaws: 7.5-12 mm).
Distribution: Singapore (new record), Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Taiwan, Southern China.
For more about ant-mimicking Jumping Spiders of the genus Myrmarachne and Agorius and ant-mimicking Sac Spiders Castianerira and Apochinomma.
  From "A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders" by Joseph K. H. Koh
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by British Petroleum
© 2000 Joseph K H Koh