Athamas

Picture ID 59476

Picture of Athamas - Dorsal

Comments & ID Thoughts

Salticidae Family

I have not seen this beautiful spider before so I have come here to try get it identified.

Found 3 together on a brown dead leaf in a small Bush beside a river. Very fast jumping spiders with 4 main large eyes in front and 2 at the top back. I believe there are 6 eyes only.

Please help me identify this.

  • Submitted by: 
    Tiana
  • Submitted: May 6, 2019
  • Photographed: May 5, 2019
  • Spider: Athamas
  • Location: Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  • Spotted Outdoors: Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers),Freshwater river, lake, stream
  • Found in web?: No
  • Attributes: Dorsal
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ItsyBitsy

That’s a great looking Jumper. I was afraid to comment at first because I didn’t see it on Peckhamia (a Jumping Spider resource) and it almost looks photo-shopped – but I see your other images on iNaturalist so that helps a lot. If no one else chimes in with an ID I’ll come back to it and do a more thorough search.

ItsyBitsy

Not an ID, but wanted to share that I came across another like it. (Also making note of it here may help place that one too, eventually.)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9410399

ItsyBitsy

The closet I could find to this is the genus Athamas based on the distinct eye cluster, location, and vivid orange. Assuming it’s a described species it might be a female Athamas guineesis (taking into consideration the location of the similar one on iNaturalist … if they’re the same species and not just similar) … female A. whitmeei is another possibility (this one is the most widespread). This genus isn’t described or represented online well enough for me to be confident it’s really either of those. I’m tentatively placing it to genus though so it’s easier to find and more… Read more »