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Chrysilla volupe, Amabalantota, Sri Lanka This gorgeous spider was taken in Ambalantota, Sri Lanka. Fairly certain this is the right ID. I've been browsing through the spider section of the 2012 Sri Lanka redlist to ID my spiders and I have found nothing else like this.  Chrysilla volupe,Sri Lanka,animal,animals,arachnid,arachnids,spider Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Chrysilla volupe, Amabalantota, Sri Lanka

This gorgeous spider was taken in Ambalantota, Sri Lanka. Fairly certain this is the right ID. I've been browsing through the spider section of the 2012 Sri Lanka redlist to ID my spiders and I have found nothing else like this.

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  1. First of all, whatever it is, it sure is one of the most spectacular jumping spider species I've seen!

    On the ID: I'm thinking the genus is correct but the species is more likely to be Chrysilla volupe:

    https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2017/10/26/jumping-spider-sri-lanka/

    Notice the abdomen on that first photo. Even if a little blurry, it matches your observation exactly. Second reason would be that some important sources (such as discoverlife) list Chrysilla lauta as not occurring in Sri Lanka, yet Chrysilla volupe is often reported.

    These sources are not neccessarily perfect, I'm just saying it's much more likely that this is Chrysilla volupe. Agree to change the ID to that?
    Posted one year ago
    1. Thank you for bringing this to my attention! Indeed this is a bit strange, since the Redlist lists C. lauta, than C. volupe. I checked a few more websites and sources and there have been some papers released on C. volupe and this definitely seems like C. volupe.
      Also, the Redlist has definitely had some mistakes that I have noticed before when it comes to other species. These have been spelling mistakes mostly, but it shows that this isn't the most reliable source either.
      Do change the ID!
      Posted one year ago
      1. Thanks, and as said, in any case it is a fantastic find!

        Definitely true that in this case deciding which source to trust is tricky. Even the scientific community suggests this genus is poorly researched and that a truly reliable ID is based on checking genitalia. The next best thing is patterns on the abdomen, which seem decisive in this case.

        To make matters more complex, you should assume that likely a very large portion of results found in general image search (i.e. Google image search) may be misidentified, and misidentified ones being copied, enlarging the problem.

        Hard to dig through that, but you'll develop an instinct for it.

        Posted one year ago
  2. Stunning! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks! Posted one year ago
  3. What a splendid colours! Looks like he/she is dressed for a 90s neon party :) Posted one year ago
    1. Very apt :D Posted one year ago
  4. What sensational colors, no matter what it is!
    Posted one year ago

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''Chrysilla volupe'' , is a species of spider of the genus ''Chrysilla''. It is found from Sri Lanka, India to Bhutan.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by ShanelleAW
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Uploaded Jul 24, 2018. Captured Jul 21, 2018 14:26.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • f/13.0
  • 1/128s
  • ISO6400
  • 55mm