When a Jumper Doesn’t Look Like a Jumper

This is a jumping spider from the genus
Lyssomanes. There are around 90 species of this genus known.

They are sometimes mistaken for Lynx spiders because of the color, and unlike most jumping spiders, these beautiful arachnids are almost hairless and practically transparent, and as you can see here, are great at the camouflage game.

The one thing that truly does stand out on this spider is its chelicerae with the fang portion folded back under the unusually long basal portion.

I can’t tell you how long I chased this particular spider from plant to plant with two different cameras, doing my best to get a decent shot of it. Unfortunately, this photo was the best I could get, but he was too cool looking not to share.

Also, if you or anyone you know appreciates the important role of arthropods and would like to get involved on a deeper level and support my photography and conservation efforts, please visit Patreon.com/KarlaThompson
The pollinators and I thank you!

Canon 5D Mark II, EF100mm f2.8L macro IS USM, ring flash, ISO 100, 1/60, f4.5, handheld
December 2016, Costa Rica

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