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Salticidae: Diagnostic Drawings Library Supplement

by Jerzy Proszynski 1997

Genus Mantisatta Warburton, 1900

Diagnoses of genera of South East Asia: Long, mottled grey salticids, some flattish. Found on warm walls, rocks and tree trunks in the open. Genus: Mantisatta. This is a small genus of flat spiders with long slender bodies. The female of the type species, M. trucidans (whose male is unknown), is only about 4mm long, whereas the lengths of the female and male of M. longicauda are much greater and comparable.The cephalothorax is thin and flat. In plan, the carapace is oblong, almost twice as long as wide, with slightly curved sides and a wide, truncate rear. The eye pattern is 2,2,2,2. The abdomen is very elongate, almost parallel-sided, widely truncated at the front and has a long pointed tail which extends a long way past the spinnerets. This tail appears as if its length could vary greatly depending on how well the spider had fed and thus make the total length of 10mm optimistic. The femora, patellae and tibiae of legs I are proportionately very large compared with all other leg segments and make legs I much the longest. There are some short, strong spines ventrally on the tibiae and metatarsi of legs I. For M. longicauda, the carapace of the male is brown with two converging orangish stripes running from the anterior lateral eyes to the posterior margin, whilst on the female the underlying colour is greenish with several brown/black thin, longitudinal lines. The male has a dark brown, iridescent scutum which covers the abdomen as far as the spinnerets and the tail is grey brown. The female abdomen is yellowish-white with thin, brown/black, longitudinal lines continuing those on the carapace, merging along the tail. On legs I of the male the femora, patellae and tibiae are dark orange, the metatarsi are brown and the tarsi are yellow. The remaining legs are yellow. Legs I of the female are yellowish white and the other legs are yellow. Distribution: Mantisatta is known only from Sarawak and the Philippines. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 317-318. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.

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