Portia labiata

Portia labiata

name = "Portia labiata"

image_width = 240px
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Arthropoda
classis = Arachnida
ordo = Araneae
familia = Salticidae
genus = "Portia"
species = "P. labiata"
binomial = "Portia labiata"
binomial_authority = (Thorell) 1887

"Portia labiata", also called the White-Moustached Portia, is a jumping spider that hunts other spiders by mimicking their prey.

Several anatomical features distort the body outline and make it look like detritus.

Females can grow up to 9 mm, males reach only 7 mm. The species inhabits wasteland and secondary forests. The "Portia labiata" is known for its elaborate strategies to subdue prey, and has exhibited seemingly intelligent behaviour in laboratory tests.


"P. labiata" occurs in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and India.

External links

* [http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/spiders/text/Portia_labiata.htm Guide to common Singapore spiders]
* [http://salticidae.org/salticid/diagnost/portia/labia-ph.htm Photographies of "P. labiata"]
* [http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/Entomology/courses/en507/papers_2001/odenbeck.htm Prey capture and mating behavior in jumping spiders belonging to the genus Portia. Colorado State University.]

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