[ borneensis ] [ changricus] [ crassipes from Japan and Poland] [ crassipes from Viet-Nam] [ dabanis] [ darjeelingianus][kohi] [ goulufengensis ] [ hainanensis] [ hongkong ] [ kaskiae] [ magniformis] [ magnus] [ minutus] [ submontanus] [ tagorei][taiwanensis] [ thorelli] [ wangdicus]
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:
Pancorius. Most species of this genus of stout, dull coloured spiders,
somewhat akin to Hyllus and Evarcha in appearance, occur in our
area. The cephalothorax is fairly high with the flat cephalus sloping gently
towards the front eyes, the thorax sloping quite steeply to the rear edge and
the sides almost vertical. In plan, the carapace is broad, longer than wide
and more or less U-shaped with a wide posterior edge. The abdomen is a moderate
elongate oval, not as wide as the carapace, widish anteriorly and less wide
posteriorly. The legs are quite strong and spiny, with legs I rather longer
and stronger. The carapace of P. magnus is chestnut-brown, becoming slightly
lighter on the cephalus. The underlying colour of the abdomen is lightish orange
on which there is a superimposed pattern of dark brown chevrons near the spinnerets,
and the sides are dark brown/orange. The patellae and tibiae of legs I and II
are dark brown in colour with the other segments light orange. Legs III and
IV are paler editions of legs I and II. Ventrally on the patellae and tibiae
of legs I and II there are thin fringes of long, black hairs, and dorsally on
tibiae I there are thin fringes of short black hairs.
Distribution: Pancorius appears to be restricted to the tropics from India eastwards to Borneo and the Philippines. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 351.
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