Unidentified

Picture ID 98228

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

I searched for clue words like "jumping spiders, pincers" and found that this might belong in the genus Metacyrba though I am not sure what type it is. I found it along my arm, so small, but noticed it has pincers! It was unusual to see a spider that looks like half a scorpion! It was found outdoors at the Archery range at Cebu, Philippines.

  • Submitted by: 
    Missytorralba
  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2020
  • Photographed: Jan 11, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Archery range, Holiday Spa and Gym, Cebu City, Philippines
  • Spotted Outdoors: Ground layer (leaf litter, dirt, grass, etc)
  • Found in web?: No
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TangledWeb

Hi, I think it is the Jumping Spider Pseudicius philippensis. It is very cool, thank you for submitting it! The crustacean-like claws look like they are functional, though with the tip bending toward the spine instead of the spined part moving. I just looked up the current thoughts on arthropod evolution to see how close arachnids and crustaceans are: Here’s something interesting about how close horseshoe crabs are to arachnids: https://phys.org/news/2019-03-horseshoe-crabs-relatives-spiders-scorpions.html Overall, it is complicated. They have been evolving from a common ancestor for over 500 million years. With short lives and large numbers of offspring there is far more… Read more »