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    Default Ant Imitating Spider.

    Myrmarachne sp. (family: Salticidae). This is a first for me.
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    Spiders that mimic ants can be found in several families of spiders and there are a number of jumping spider genera that seem to favour this life style.
    There are a number of theories as to why these various spiders have taken this path: protection by blending in with the ants; tricking the ants so that they can get close to prey on the ants; tricking predators that confuse them with aggressive ant species etc.
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    The voices in my head may not be real, but they come up with some great ideas..

    Cheers Rev.

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    First shot does look ant like Rev, the second also but clearly a spider. Interesting shots.

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    Thanks Les. They are very unique. They walk like an ant ( which made me think it was) then when you point a leaf or small stick at them , they jump away. It was then I realized what it was. The eyes give it away when you have a real close look.
    The voices in my head may not be real, but they come up with some great ideas..

    Cheers Rev.

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    Nice Ray, certainly convincing camouflage.
    Chris Ross
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