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White Crab Spider | Thomisus spectabilis photo
White Crab Spider

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White Crab Spider | Thomisus spectabilis photo
Crab Spider (also called Flower spider). Photographed on fig leaf.

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White Crab Spider | Thomisus spectabilis photo
Flower Spider. Could be young Thomasis spectabilis ?

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White Crab Spider | Thomisus spectabilis photo
Flower Spider or Crab spider on daisy. This was a very small specimen - only about 4mm long. Could be young Thomasis spectabilis ?

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White Crab Spider | Thomisus spectabilis photo
Crab spider on fern frond, South Stradbroke Island. This specimen was a light greenish colour.

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WHITE CRAB SPIDER FACTS

Description
The White Crab Spider has almost translucent head and legs. Body is white with a few small black spots at the outer corners. The spider will retreat if approached. The stout legs and shape of body give it a crab appearance.

Size
female 10mm, male 6mm

Habitat
hunts among foliage and flowers, capturing its prey with powerful front legs.

Food
insects that it ambushes

Notes
bite produces pain, redness and swelling.



Classification
Class:Arachnida
Order:Araneomorphae
Family:Thomisidae
Genus:Thomisus
Species:spectabilis
Common Name:White Crab Spider