Diagnoses of genera
of South East Asia: Long, green or yellowish salticids. Found
on shrubs and plants.
General remarks: In general these spiders are long, green or yellowish and often to be found on large green leaves on the edge of rain forest and in gardens nearby. This suggests that these spiders appreciate an occasional spell of sun bathing. Females, tending their eggs or young, are often to be found on the underside of green leaves under a sheet of silk so thin that an observer can see inside the cell without difficulty.
Genus: Onomastus. This is a small genus which in general appearance looks a bit like Asemonea and Pandisus. The carapace is a broad oval, longer than wide. The top is flat from the front eyes to beyond mid-length before curving down fairly steeply to the rear margin. Because the minute posterior median eyes (which are located just behind the anterior laterals) are practically invisible, the eye pattern appears to be 2,2,2. Overall, the carapace is pale yellow in colour and, except for the front eyes, the eye surrounds are black. The abdomen is an elongate oval, slightly broader at the front and pointed at the rear. It is whitish yellow in colour. The legs are long, slender and carry numerous long, strong spines. They are pale yellow in colour. It seems very likely that in life the spiders are pale green in colour. Distribution: Onomastus has five species and is known only from India, Sri Lanka, Borneo and Vietnam. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 323. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.
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