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Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library

by Jerzy Proszynski 1997

Genus Cytaea Keyserling, 1882

[ See also related and similar genus Xenocytaea ]

Diagnoses of genera of South East Asia: Light or colourful, sometimes iridescent salticids. Shrubs, plants, especially broad leaved. General remarks: In the field, plants with large green leaves, such as ginger, are often favoured by salticids, particularly colourful species. Some are clothed with dense, coloured, iridescent hairs which makes them particularly attractive and conspicuous. They are often to be seen wandering about or sunning themselves on top of the leaves and sometimes to be found resting or in a cell under a leaf. Salticids often build a retreat between and attached to two closely overlapping leaves. With care and a suitably placed sweep net, one can often collect the owner. Genus: Cytaea . By tropical rain forest standards, these are dull-coloured salticids. The cephalothorax is fairly high, more or less flat on top with the back and sides almost vertical. In plan it is U-shaped, rather longer than broad and somewhat truncated at the rear. The abdomen is oval and slightly square-shouldered. The legs are fairly long and very spiny. For C. oreophila the carapace is dirty yellow in colour with a lighter patch near the fovea and a broad light marginal band. The abdomen is light brown to brown with a broad light median band that runs the length of the abdomen. The legs are yellowish. Distribution: Cytaea occurs in the tropics from the Andaman Islands through to Australia and some Pacific islands. The main centre appears to be the Papua New Guinea to Australia region. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 348. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.

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