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Species Myrmarachne formicaria

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Salticidae (Jumping Spiders)
Genus Myrmarachne
Species formicaria (Myrmarachne formicaria)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
formica - Latin for an ant (1)
Numbers
1 Nearctic sp.
Size
Body length ~ 6 mm (Bradley et al. 2006)
Identification
It is the only ant-like North American jumping spider in which the male chelicerae project forward more than 50% of the carapace length, and in which the female palpal tarsus is dorsoventrally flattened and bent downward distally. (Bradley et al. 2006)
Range
Roughly Cleveland, OH to Buffalo, NY (BG data)
Recently introduced from Europe. (2)
Life Cycle
The species appears to be fairly common and is active during the warm months of the year in open areas as well as in buildings. It is sometimes associated with the local ants of the genus Formica. (Bradley et al. 2006)
Remarks
The first specimen records of M. formicaria from North America have all been from Ohio, USA: from Warren, Trumble County on 16 August 2001; the J.H. Barrow Field Station, Portage County on 15 September 2002; and at a residence near Peninsula, Summit County. Additional individuals have been observed by the third author in and around the J.H. Barrow Field Station and the Peninsula residence during the summers of 2003 and 2004. (Bradley et al. 2006)

First NY record:

Amherst, Erie County, New York (near Buffalo)
August 15, 2011
Myrmarachne formicaria (De Geer)
Det. G. B. Edwards, 2011
See Also
Somewhat similar to one other ant-like salticid that can be found in Ohio, Sarinda hentzi (Banks). (Bradley et al. 2006)
Print References
Bradley, R.A., Cutler, B. and Hodge, M. 2006. The first records of Myrmarachne formicaria (Araneae, Salticidae) in the Americas. Journal of Arachnology 34: 483–484.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Spiders of North America: An Identification Manual
D. Ubick, P. Paquin, P.E. Cushing and V. Roth (eds). 2005. American Arachnological Society.