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A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders
by Joseph K H Koh
  Malayan Phaeacius
Phaeacius malayensis Wanless 1981
close-up of well camouflaged male
These unusual Jumping Spiders of the sub-family Spartaeinae have a different eye arrangement compared to other Jumping Spiders. Classification: Family Salticidae, Jumping Spiders
Habitat: Tree trunks in gardens, secondary forests and mangrove swamps.
Female: 9 mm.
Male: 8-9.5 mm.
Distribution: Singapore, Indonesia.
Whereas the posterior median eyes (i.e., the eyes in the second row) of most Jumping Spiders are tiny,
there is a category of Jumping Spiders whose posterior median eyes are fairly big. These include spiders in the genera Cocalus, Phaeacius, Portia and Spartaeus.
close-up of face
Face of Phaeacius
  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