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Thomisidae Philodromus sp.

Order: Araneae

Family: Thomisidae (Crab Spiders)

Subfamily: Philodromidae

Genus: Philodromus

The various species of Philodromus have protective coloration for their environment. The eyes are arranged on projections in a distinctive bent triangle shape (see picture). The posterior lateral eyes may be hidden by the protuberance. The abdomen is rounded and highest near the cephalothorax . The carapace is nearly as wide as long, and may even be wider. They range in size from 2.3 to 5.5 mm.

As members of Thomisidae (Crab Spiders), Philodromidae often hold their legs out to the sides, in a crab-like manner. They can walk forwards, backwards, or sideways. They do not use silk to hunt; rather, they grab their prey while perching on flowers or leaves. Philodromus live on plants and hide in the bark.

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Last updated 12/13/2004