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Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library

by Jerzy Proszynski 1999

Genus Diplocanthopoda Abraham, 1926

Diagnoses of genera of South East Asia: Dull greenish-grey salticid. Found under stones in intertidal zone and in mountains. Genus: Diplocanthopoda. As far as we know, D. marina, described by Abraham in 1926, is the only salticid species which has this particular life style. When the tide comes in, the spider retreats to a small hole in the rock and seals the entrance with silk. The cephalothorax is low. It curves upwards from the from the front to the rear eyes, runs level for a short distance before descending smoothly to the posterior edge. It is rather longer than wide, with the sides parallel, slightly rounded to the front and very rounded to the rear. The carapace is black with vague reddish-brown markings, and the male has a broad white mark along the lateral and posterior margins. The abdomen is oval, tapering to the rear. It is uniformly greenish-grey in colour with whitish spots which are more pronounced on the male. The legs are all of similar size, greenish-grey in colour and spiny. When resting, these spiders can resemble small crabs occupying the same habitat. A second species has recently been placed in the same genus. Curiously, this appears to come from a mountainous region of Papua New Guinea.
Distribution: Diplocanthopoda is known only from P. Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 355. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.

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