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Crab Spider


Crab Spider
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Copyright: Yngve Nilsson (yngve) (113)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L4
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-13 4:26
Viewed: 4033
Points: 0
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Swedish name: Krabbspindel

Family: Thomisidae

English name: Crab spider

Thomisidae family of the Araneae order. They are called crab spiders because they resemble crabs, with two front pairs of legs angled outward and bodies that are flattened and often angular. Also, like crabs, Thomisidae can move sideways or backward.

Crab spiders do not build webs to trap prey, but are hunters and ambushers. Some species sit on or among flowers, bark, fruit or leaves where they grab visiting insects. Individuals of some species, such as Misumena vatia, are able to change color between white and yellow to match the flower on which they're sitting. Other species, with their flattened bodies, hunt in the crevices of tree trunks or under loose bark. Members of the genus Xysticus hunt in the leaf litter on the ground. In each case, crab spiders use their powerful front legs to grab and hold onto prey while paralyzing it with a venomous bite.

Source: Wikipedia

Thanks to JeanMarie Mouveroux.


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Hi
This is the green huntsman spider:
http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=5&p=116082
What you posted is a crab spider.
green huntsman spiders are green. Crab spiders can change color and usually have the color of the flower they live on.
TFS
JM

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