Diagnoses of genera of South East Asia: Cryptic salticids, mottled brown or grey, stealthy and not seen to jump. on tree trunks and mossy rocks in rainforest. General remarks: Salticids in this group tend to be very cryptic and live in rainforest habitats although some specimens have been collected in gardens near rainforest. Not a great deal is known about the biology of this unusual group. No doubt, more information would be both rewarding to the observer and much appreciated by arachnologists in general. Genus: Taraxella. This is a recently established genus whose species, so far, all come from our area. The cephalothorax is high with the rear eyes at the highest point. From the highest point the cephalus slopes gently down to the front eyes whilst the thorax slopes steeply down to the posterior edge. In plan the carapace is wide, almost as wide as long. The sides are more or less parallel and the rear edge almost circular. The top of the carapace is orange-brown with the eye surrounds black. Starting at the rear eyes there is a broad, white, crescent-shaped band that runs round the thorax. Next to this is a narrow, black, marginal band. The abdomen is elongate oval, noticeably narrower than the carapace. Some species are yellow-brown, suffused with black which may form vague chevrons. The legs are moderately long, slender and carry numerous strong spines. They are yellow-brown, suffused with black to varying degrees. Distribution: Taraxella is known only from P. Malaysia, Sumatra, Sarawak and other parts of Borneo. Murphy & Murphy 2000: 329. By courtesy of the Authors' and the Malaysian Nature Society.
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