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Ant mimicking spider, Orito, Colombia From the legs counted, it looks to be a spider mimicking an ant. Unfortunately, this is the only angle I got.  Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Fall,Geotagged,Orito,Putumayo,South America,Sphecotypus niger,World Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Ant mimicking spider, Orito, Colombia

From the legs counted, it looks to be a spider mimicking an ant. Unfortunately, this is the only angle I got.

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  1. Gorgeous! I don't know if it can be Identified with this shot, but the golden color reminds me of Sphecotypus sp. Posted 11 months ago
    1. Thanks, I think you put me on the right path to finding the species! That genus has only 3 species and only one match this distribution: Sphecotypus niger. Visually, I see several reference photos with the same "gold" finish. The look is explicit, because it is mimicking a very specific ant seen here:
      https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=75374522@N06&q=Neoponera

      Agree with the species ID?
      Posted 11 months ago
      1. Yes, great! That's the species I was thinking of, but I couldn't remember the name off the top of my head. Posted 11 months ago
        1. Excellent, really appreciate the help. I'm now done with sharing this first hike which was just a 2 hour appetizer outside the city. Yet it took about 10 hours of work to share, go figure :) Posted 11 months ago
          1. Incredible! I would be the most annoying hiker on a trip like that because I would insist on *trying* to examine every inch of the forest and wouldn't cover very much ground ;). Posted 11 months ago
            1. That's exactly what happened the day after: 2 hours to cover 2km of a 7km path, me constantly lagging behind. The only way to deal with it is on species-rich hikes, to slowly raise the minimum level of what you find interesting enough to photograph, and make choices.

              I'm saying species-rich hikes, because they are not all like that. When it rains, and it does so very often here, the bugs are gone. It's a night and day difference: unlimited species versus almost none at all, on the same path. Then we go herping or find fungi...or mothing :)
              Posted 11 months ago
              1. Haha, exactly! That's why I like to hike alone. I feel bad when I am with people and yet I go so slow because I want to see every interesting thing along the way...And, I find nearly everything interesting enough to photograph. My husband jokes that he is going to start bringing a chair when he hikes with me.

                I love to herp or go mushroom hunting in the rain. The mud simply adds to the experience. And, I'm practically dying to see your moth photos! I have never seen quantities like what you encountered!
                Posted 11 months ago
                1. I too have that feeling of guilt but on this trip there hardly wasn't any. Manuel and Brayan love all the small stuff just as much as I do and actively help to find it. Henriette also likes slow hikes, so no issues. So everybody aligned on the same goal of finding so much stuff and going slow was not a problem, it was a solution :)

                  That said, I get random introvert moods where I cannot stand any people and need a few hours of alone time, happens every 3 or 4 days. Henriette then says I'm on my period again.
                  Posted 11 months ago
                  1. Lol, Henriette is very clever ;)

                    Posted 11 months ago

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Sphecotypus niger is a corinnid sac spiders in the Sphecotypus genus. It mimics the Neoponera villosa ant.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Nov 18, 2018. Captured Oct 16, 2018 16:23 in Orito, Putumayo, Colombia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/11.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm