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Metallic Spider

Metallic Spider
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-24 9:51
Viewed: 8171
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These series of postings are intended to increase the knowledge on Sulawesi's biodiversity. Except for butterflies, little is known on most other insect groups and on spiders of this huge island. Many new species can be expected to be discovered. Large parts of Sulawesi are only poorly explored also with respect to butterflies, such as the south-eastern Peninsula, Sulawesi-Tenggara.

The picture shows a spider species of the family Salticidae. It was rather fast and always tried to hide under the leafs and preferred the shadow.
The metallic iridescent colors were very impressive, in particular when touched by intermediate sunlight. Body length: 9 - 10 mm.
The species belongs to the genus Cosmophasis and looks similar to C. umbratica. The only Cosmophasis species listed for Sulawesi in the World Catalogue of spiders is Cosmophasis masarangi. But I am not 100% sure on species identity.

Sharpness could be better, but this was the best picture I achieved of this interesting spider.

Rain forest margin close to a rivulet. About 20 km west of Kolaka on the south east peninsula of Sulawesi.

- natural light, cloudy (ISO 400)
- no wind
- handheld

* Murphy F and Murphy J (2000) An introduction to the spiders of South East Asia. - Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-24 9:53]

Hello Peter
Beautiful spider and you capture ti with great details and perfect focus.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-24 10:19]

Hello Peter!

For some reason digital cameras 'like' to set focus on leaf not on main subject - I've got same situation hundreds times :-) But I agree with you - picture is worth posting, because subject is very interesting. I like its stylish, metallic colours. Composition with green leaves is also very good. Nice work.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-24 10:40]

Hello Peter,
Another beauty from Sulawesi. Strange spider. Great photo in excellent bright colours and good sharpness. Nice central composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-24 11:13]

Hi Peter.
What a nice tiny spider. Very attractive species. As always, details of the picture are ultimate, both insect and leaf are reproduced precisely and all tiniest features of these objects are shown perfectly. Framing of the scene is superb. Well done and kind regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-24 12:00]

Hello Peter,
A fine high quality macro of a Jumping Spider from Sulawesi. Though the DOF is limited, the legs and their iridescent colours show sharply and well against the contrasting leaf BG.
Thanks and best wishes,

Ciao Peter, superb macro of wonderful spider with fantastic metallic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Peter
GREAT picture
beautiful colours and good sharpness
i like this picture very much
great shot
greeting lou

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-05-24 23:33]

Hi Peter,

A lovely colorful spider you have here. Nice composition and POV. The lighting, and details are wonderful. It could do with a bit more DOF and sharpness but it looks splendid the way you've captured. TFS.


Hi Peter,
It can be very difficult to capture the metallic sheen of silvery objects but I can well imagine what this looked like.
A hgood documentation of an interesting species not often seen on TN.

Hello Peter,
a very beautiful macro shot of this Jumping Spider taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and splendid colours, a very good visual impression.
Best regards

Hello Peter!
Magnificent photography, beautiful spider, a tiny jewel of eight feet, the contrast of colors with green foliage enhances the picture. The details are great, excellent work and good note.



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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-31 4:14]

Hi Peter,
what a spider. Very metallic indeed. you have presented it so so sharp and so clear.
what a detail especially against the green leaf.
Nice job.


Wow! This is a radiant image with an awesome color combination and excellent focus. Congratulations and TFS!

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