Diagnoses of genera of South East Asia: Cryptic salticids, mottled brown or grey, stealthy and not seen to jump. on tree trunks and mossy rocks in rainforest. General remarks: Salticids in this group tend to be very cryptic and live in rainforest habitats although some specimens have been collected in gardens near rainforest. Genus: Phaeacius . See also Koh, p. 120, 125. These are hairy salticids with similar colour patterns. The cephalothorax is moderately high with the flattish cephalus sloping gradually to the front from the rear eyes and dropping suddenly and briefly behind the rear eyes before curving downwards to the posterior edge. In plan the carapace is oval, widest towards the wide posterior edge. It is orange-brown in colour, clothed in light recumbent hairs and with a narrow, white, submarginal band. The abdomen is an elongate oval, broadish anteriorly and pointed posteriorly. It is greyish yellow in colour with some orange brown hairs forming a leaf-like pattern. There are also two pairs of noticeable, bare, impressed spots. The legs are moderately long, robust and carry strong and numerous spines. In colour they are yellow grading to yellow-brown distally. Distribution: Phaeacius is known from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Myanmar, P. Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java and the Philippines. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 328. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.
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