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Habronattus icenoglei

Habronattus icenoglei
Three millimeters of intensity, in Mistletoe litter. Ehrenberg, Arizona

Small size and a proclivity for quick 'bullet-like' leaps make many of these tiny, beautiful spiders difficult to observe closely. The camera lens itself is often the preferred perch when their space is invaded for a portrait. Only the males are colorfully decorated. A larger species from the same habitat along the Colorado River has been observed actively jumping from limb to limb with great accuracy in the Camphor thickets, not unlike a monkey navigating dense forest. The illustrated species was named after Wendell Icenogle, a most productive and talented collector, who has made original contributions to the study of nocturnal prey attraction of "Bolas spiders" (Mastophora).

Contributed by David Williams

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