Metallic Blue Ant Spider
Female, eyes + blue carapase
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Spiders, Scorpions, Mites & Ticks (Arachnida)|
|Family:||Ant Spider (Zodariidae)|
|Species:||Metallic Blue Ant Spider (Habronestes sp)|
|This Photo:||Female, dorsal|
|Other name:||Blue-headed Habronestes|
Thank you Darren Carman for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Very much like Swift spiders; they are very fast.
It wouldn't surprise me if they are blue to mimick Blue Meat Ants (Iridomyrmex lividus)
I perhaps went a bit overboard trying to show the white marks, and reflectived hue's, but just found it remarkable.
Unfortunately I haven't managed to get a usable image of the female size, but estimate it's only slightly longer than the male (which is ~5mm).
We have 3 sightings shown here (2f, 1m) and it's possible they are either different species or the same.
It very obviously blue, and looks like an ant running on the ground. Has 2 white "racing" stripes on the side of the abdomen; the anterior one wraps around the front of the abdomen, but the rear stops half way up. Neither contunue underneath. There are also 2 elongated dots dorsally, with a single long stripe at the posterior.
Similar Species: Blue Meat Ant