Ant Spider
Male, ventral
Ellura
Metallic Blue Ant Spider
Female, eyes + blue carapase
 
    
Metallic Blue Ant Spider (Habronestes sp)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Spider, Scorpion, Mite & Tick (Arachnida)
Order: Spider (Araneae)
Family: Ant Spider (Zodariidae)
Species: Metallic Blue Ant Spider (Habronestes sp)
This Photo:     Female, whole, 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)
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) We have photo's of them here: Blue Meat Ant, click here

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 stipe at the posterior.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 12-Nov-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species