Polymorphism in an ant mimicking jumping spider

Ximena Jean Nelson

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Abstract

Myrmarachne bakeri Banks 1930 is a polymorphic, generalized ant-mimicking jumping spider. In this study, variation in its polymorphic characters was observed and described. Myrmarachne bakeri varies in color, glossiness and patterns; and differs from other polymorphic ant-like spiders because it becomes polymorphic before adulthood. Morphological changes appear to have no set archetype, and few spiders revert to morphs previously observed. Polymorphism is widespread in Myrmarachne, but to date no species has been shown to exhibit the type of variation found in M. bakeri.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-141
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Arachnology
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Ant-like
  • Myrmarachne
  • Transformational mimicry
  • Visual discrimination

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