Ant-mimicking Swift Spider - ? Poecilipta sp.

Family Corinnidae

This page contains pictures and information about Ant-mimicking Swift Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 8mm
This spider mimics the Golden Black Ants. Its thorax is shiny black in colour, golden abdomen with silver patterns.
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We sometimes saw this spider in Alexander Hill and Karawatha Forest. It was hunting on a small Acacia tree, where ants with similar shape and colour can also be found. 
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When hunting, the spider walk like an ant. When disturbed, it ran much faster than ant. 
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The above pictures show the spider captured a caterpillar
We cannot find any reference for this spider. We do not sure if this is the genus Poecilipta. From its eyes arrangement, we believe the spider is in family Corinnidae.
There are some others Ant-mimicking spider in the Jumping Spider family. 

1. Spiders of Australia: An Introduction to Their Classification, Biology & Distribution - Hawkeswood T, Pensoft Pub, 2003, p66.
2. Supunna species - The Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2009. 


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