TITLE

Ant mimicry in the spider Myrmecotypus iguazu (Araneae: Corinnidae), with notes about myrmecomorphy in spiders

AUTHOR(S)
Rubio, Gonzalo D.; Arbino, Manuel O.; Cushing, Paula E.
PUB. DATE
November 2013
SOURCE
Journal of Arachnology;2013, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p395
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We describe the mimetic relationship between the ant-like spider Myrmecotypus iguazu Rubio & Arbino 2009 (Araneae: Corinnidae) and the carpenter ant Camponotus sericeiventris Guérin (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), studied in a subtropical rainforest in Iguazú National Park, Argentina. The morphological adaptations, aspects of coloration, and behavior responsible for the ant-like appearance in M. iguazu (the mimic) provide strong evidence that its model is C. sericeiventris. Both field observations and field and laboratory experiments suggest that this spider is a Batesian mimic.
ACCESSION #
91959699

 

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