Crab Spiders

Diagnostic Features:

Crab like spiders with two claws and lateral eyes on tubercles.


Family Distribution:



Interesting Natural History Notes:

Some of these spiders (most notably the flower dwelling ones) are known for ambushing other insects, and have even been known to kill bees.


Origin of Latin Name:

The family name for this species was made up based on the Geek nouns combined with verb stems by the person who first discovered the Thomisus genus in 1805 named Walckenaer.


Genera found in the Northeastern United States:

Tmarus, Misumeniodes, Misumena, Coriarachne, Misumenops, Xysticus, Ozyptila