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Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library

by Jerzy Proszynski 1997

Genus Pseudamycus Simon, 1885

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: Pseudamycus . About half of the species in this genus come from our area. The cephalothorax is high with the sides of the thorax steep. The eye region is lumpy and the eyes are located on noticeable protuberances. The eye field is orange-brown and the rest of the carapace greyish-orange. The abdomen is an elongate oval which tapers towards the spinnerets. It is light grey-brown with various patterns of dots dorsally and light and dark streaks laterally. The legs are long. The front legs are brown to blackish with the tarsi yellow and the tibiae and metatarsi with long black fringes ventrally. The remaining legs are reddish yellow and spiny. Genitalia drawings are given by Proszynski, 1984 and Zabka, 1985.
Distribution: Pseudamycus is known from Bhutan, India, P. Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Vietnam, Sulawesi and Papua New Guinea. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 353. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.

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