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Thomisidae Philodromus sp.



Order: Araneae

Family: Thomisidae (Crab Spiders)

Subfamily: Philodromidae

Genus: Philodromus



Description:
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.

Behavior:
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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