2019 Myrmarachne formicaria

Spider of the year 2019

Ant mimic jumping spider

Myrmarachne formicaria (De Geer, 1778)

Myrmarachne formicaria

Myrmarachne formicaria


The ant mimic jumping spider Myrmarachne formicaria (De Geer, 1778) belongs to the jumping spider family (Salticidae). Worldwide, this family has 6,089 species, 345 of which are found in Europe. The genus Myrmarachne is represented by three species in Europe, whereby only this species is found in Central Europe.

Myrmarachne formicaria is distributed across the Palearctic, occurring naturally in Europe and introduced into the USA. In Austria and Germany, for example, it is found widely in flat to hilly areas up to 800 meters above sea level, where it particularly favours warmer areas. In places it can occur quite frequently and is not generally regarded as endangered.


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