108 
THE COMITY OF SPIDERS 
The interesting habits of this 
Misumenops 
were first described by 
Pocock in 1898, but I have since had the opportunity to confirm and 
extend the original description (Bristowe, 1931). This spider inhabits 
Malaya, Borneo and Sumatra. It sits just inside the pitchers of 
Nepenthes gracilis 
Korth., and in the Singapore district I found one 
spider to approximately every five pitchers 
TEXT FIG. 4.   
Misumenops
nepenthicola
 Poc. sitting inside a pitcher of 
Nepenthes gracilis 
Korth. The diagram shows the portions of the pitcher with 
fluid, with glands, and free of glands. 
examined. When an insect arrives inside the pitcher, attracted by the 
plant fluid, the spider either seizes it, or else flicks it into the fluid 
with a leg if it is distasteful. Thus it defrauds the plant of some insects, 
but assists in the capture of others. There are three common species of 
Pitcher Plant in the Singapore district 
  Nepenthes gracilis 
Korth., 
N
.
rafflesiana 
Jack. and 
N
.
 ampullaria 
Jack. In the first 
Misumenops
 is 
plentiful, in the second rare, and in the third entirely absent. C. Dover 
(
vide 
Fage, 1928) has suggested that this 





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