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  Lynx Spider (Oxyopes sp)





Lynx Spider | Oxyopes sp photo
Lynx spider near silk retreat where it hides and lays eggs..

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Lynx Spider | Oxyopes sp photo
Lynx Spider on egg sac. This one was photographed on a gum leaf (Eucalyptus eximia nana).

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Lynx Spider | Oxyopes sp photo
Lynx Spider with prey. This looks like a male, as it has large palps easily seen in this photo. Photographed in Tibouchina shrub.

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Lynx Spider | Oxyopes sp photo
Lynx Spider on frangipanni flower. This one was about 8mm long. The most distinctive feature of all these Lynx spiders is their spiny legs.

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Lynx Spider | Oxyopes sp photo
Lynx Spider on stem of a harefoot fern frond. This one was found in a fern hanging basket in patio.

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Lynx Spider | Oxyopes sp photo
Lynx Spider. This yellow species is very common on shrubs around Brisbane gardens. It is about 1cm long or smaller.

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Lynx Spider | Oxyopes sp photo
Lynx Spider on Banksia serrata leaf.

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LYNX SPIDER FACTS

Description
Lynx Spiders have long spines on slender legs. The spiders are usually shades of pale brown, light yellow, cream or green and some have stripes or blotches of darker colours down the back. The eyes are arranged into a hexagon. Lynx spiders ambush small insects on foliage and can jump to pounce on prey or escape from danger.

Size
most are small up to about 10mm

Habitat
grass and bushes

Food
insects such as flies and moths that it ambushes.

Breeding
They build silk egg sacs in leaves

Notes
Probably harmless. Don't seem to have much inclination to bite people.



Classification
Class:Arachnida
Order:Araneomorphae
Family:Oxyopidae
Genus:Oxyopes
Species:sp
Common Name:Lynx Spider