1. wzrd1 says

    I see the two light spots on its dorsal abdomen as eye spot appearance camouflage.
    The “false spine”, a target, were I its prey, as I’d either hit a major blood vessel or its heart along those lines.
    Which is likely how pigment was chemically signaled, during development.

    I’ll call it, after several minutes to develop pareidolia, “The Punisher Spider”. ;)

    Yeah, I actually have to work at pareidolia. Oddly, seeing eyes in otherwise “perfect” camouflage is normal for me, which confounded many of my military cohorts.

  2. wzrd1 says

    @PZ, if that spider is still available, can you get UV and IR observation on its markings?
    I have a suspicion, likely in long wave UV.

  3. madtom1999 says

    Is it just me or does that look like grasshopper? I wonder if that’s a form of camouflage to distract prey?