Observations in the Family: Thomisidae

English Name: Crabspiders

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Mr and Mrs?

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Location: Garden
Observed on: 15th October 2014
Added to iSpot: 19th October 2014
Identifications: 1
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Description: Two genders?

Tiny spider, long legs - Montagu WCape

Tiny spider, long legs - Montagu WCape
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Location: Pietersfontein, Montagu WCape
Observed on: 10th September 2014
Added to iSpot: 19th October 2014
Likely ID: Pherecydes
Identifications: 1
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Description: Body length about 3 mm in this position, but I have a feeling the abdomen is reflexed, in which case the total length would be about 5 mm.

Summer: time for a new skin

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Location: Garden
Observed on: 18th October 2014
Added to iSpot: 19th October 2014
Likely ID: Oxytate
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
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Description: I came across this spider just after it had slipped out of last season's skin. It dangled in the wind with legs straight out for some time before starting to flex them. After a short rest on the leaf it wrestled with the old skin until it had freed it from its moorings and gaily tossed it into the wind (obviously not a hoarder!).

Crab spider

Crab spider
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Location: N14, Kalahari District Council
Observed on: 17th October 2014
Added to iSpot: 19th October 2014
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
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Crab spider

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By: Jeffrey GroenewaldJeffrey Groenewald's reputation in InvertebratesJeffrey Groenewald's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Yellow Route, Helderberg Nature Reserve
Observed on: 14th October 2014
Added to iSpot: 14th October 2014
Identifications: 1
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Description: Small white and green crab spider (0.4 cm long)

Ladybird-sized spider

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Location: Two River Trail, Grahamstown
Observed on: 5th October 2014
Added to iSpot: 7th October 2014
Identifications: 1
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White spider

white spider
By: Betty Engelbrecht
Location: R44, Betty's Bay
Observed on: 6th October 2014
Added to iSpot: 6th October 2014
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 1
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Description: Very small white spider found on a Satyrium carneum on Clarence Dricw between Pringle and Betty's Bay

another grey crab

another grey crab
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Location: Gaborone North, home
Observed on: 19th September 2014
Added to iSpot: 5th October 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 1
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Description: Once one has been found they start turning up all over see http://www.ispot.org.za/node/287730 The current grey,elongated crabspider was residing on a young ornamental Bombax sapling in the garden

elongated grey crabspider

elongated grey crabspider
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Location: Gaborone North smallholdings
Observed on: 20th September 2014
Added to iSpot: 5th October 2014
Likely ID: Tmarus
Identifications: 3
Agreements: 2
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Description: grey hairy crab spider with an elongated abdomen. The almost equal front 2 pairs of legs readily extend forwards after being raised in threat when the spider is disturbed. This spider is on the tip of a smaller Orange tree leaf perhaps 18 mm at the widest point.

Spider with 2 pares short legs & 2 pares long legs

Spider with 2 pares short legs & 2 pares long legs
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Location: Grunter St, St Lucia
Observed on: 4th July 2014
Added to iSpot: 2nd October 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0

Back to front beastie

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By: Ricky TaylorRicky Taylor's reputation in InvertebratesRicky Taylor's reputation in InvertebratesRicky Taylor's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Mtunzini_grassland
Observed on: 29th September 2014
Added to iSpot: 29th September 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0
Description: Body about 8 mm long.

Flower Crabspider Male and Female

Male 2mm
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Location: Riverlands NR
Observed on: 24th September 2014
Added to iSpot: 25th September 2014
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 3
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Description: Found on a White Lachnaea. A tiny (2-3mm) brown male was on the back of the much larger (12mm) white female. Unfortunately the female rappelled off the flower spilling the male before I could take a photo of them together.

Thomisus stenningi on Hebenstretia sp.

Thomisus stenningi on Hebenstretia sp.
By: Nicky
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Location: Heaven in Langkloof
Observed on: 6th September 2014
Added to iSpot: 24th September 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
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Long-legged aquatic spider

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By: Ricky TaylorRicky Taylor's reputation in InvertebratesRicky Taylor's reputation in InvertebratesRicky Taylor's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Thungwini crossing
Observed on: 22nd September 2014
Added to iSpot: 24th September 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 0
Comments: 3
Description: In swamp forest. Sits on a stick emerging from the water - with its body flat against the stick and its legs forward and back so that it looks like a piece of bark. When disturbed walks on the water. Seems to use the front legs to feel the water. Body size about 16 mm

Crab Spider, with male and prey

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: Garden Route Botanical Gardens
Observed on: 21st September 2014
Added to iSpot: 23rd September 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
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Description: Parasitic male attached. Small prey item, found inan Arum Lily.

Go greeny!

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Location: Garden
Observed on: 22nd September 2014
Added to iSpot: 22nd September 2014
Likely ID: Oxytate
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0
Description: Goodness me, this is one excellent hunter. Hardly a day goes by without my spying it catch something. UPDATE 24 Sep - just a light breakfast this morning.

Orange crab spider

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By: Ricky TaylorRicky Taylor's reputation in InvertebratesRicky Taylor's reputation in InvertebratesRicky Taylor's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Mtunzini_grassland
Observed on: 19th September 2014
Added to iSpot: 19th September 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0

Bugeater

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Location: Garden
Observed on: 16th September 2014
Added to iSpot: 19th September 2014
Likely ID: Oxytate
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0

Greeny strikes again

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Location: Garden
Observed on: 11th September 2014
Added to iSpot: 11th September 2014
Likely ID: Oxytate
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0

Arum spider with lily fluff

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By: sallyslaksallyslak's reputation in Invertebratessallyslak's reputation in Invertebratessallyslak's reputation in Invertebratessallyslak's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: River (swimhole)
Observed on: 9th September 2014
Added to iSpot: 10th September 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 3
Comments: 0

Pink Crabspider with Bee

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: Gamkaberg
Observed on: 6th September 2014
Added to iSpot: 7th September 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
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Description: Too many keen photographers at a time made the spider drop the bee.

Yellow Crab Spider

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: Gamkaberg
Observed on: 6th September 2014
Added to iSpot: 7th September 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0

Thom thumb

Thom thumb
By: Linkie
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Location: Lourensford Estate
Observed on: 23rd August 2014
Added to iSpot: 1st September 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 3
Comments: 0
Description: Crablike spider on a Protea sessile flower. He got annoyed and took up this position. More like Little jack Horner ;)

Tmarus

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By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River bushveld and wetlands near Hoedspruit
Observed on: 27th August 2014
Added to iSpot: 27th August 2014
Likely ID: Tmarus
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0
Description: Body length about 5mm. Found on leaves in open woodland.

over ambitious ?

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By: TuliTuli's reputation in InvertebratesTuli's reputation in InvertebratesTuli's reputation in InvertebratesTuli's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Sererome Valley
Observed on: 15th August 2014
Added to iSpot: 18th August 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 3
Comments: 0
Description: small, pale yellow crab spider stalking prey among the Senecio flowers.

Grass dwelling Crab spider

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Location: Blyde River bushveld and wetlands near Hoedspruit
Observed on: 10th August 2014
Added to iSpot: 13th August 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
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Description: Body length about 6 mm. Found in dense, short grass (couch grass) in a seasonally dry wetland. Photographed on a leaf.

What a catch!

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By: vanrensk
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Location: Silverboom, Somerset West
Observed on: 9th August 2014
Added to iSpot: 10th August 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 0
Comments: 2

_MG_6594 (Large)

_MG_6594 (Large)
By: Patrick Lane
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Location: Unnamed Road, West Coast DC
Observed on: 6th August 2014
Added to iSpot: 7th August 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 3
Comments: 0
Description: Spider was in Gladiolus flower, moved out when I disturbed it with camera, returned shortly after I left.

fat spider front

fat spider front
By: rianabate
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Location: Presidentsrus
Observed on: 3rd August 2014
Added to iSpot: 3rd August 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 2
Comments: 0
Description: body approx 15 mm

Synema imitator on Cliffortia odorata

Synema imitator on Cliffortia odorata
By: Nicky
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Location: Dune Molerat Trail
Observed on: 28th July 2014
Added to iSpot: 3rd August 2014
Likely ID: Synema imitator
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 2
Comments: 0

Crab spider?

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By: maddy
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Location: inKalani Hills, Sodwana
Observed on: 21st March 2013
Added to iSpot: 1st August 2014
Likely ID: Thomisus blandus
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0
Description: larger than any crab spider I have seen before

Small Crab Spider

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: Garden Route Botanical Gardens
Observed on: 29th July 2014
Added to iSpot: 30th July 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
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Description: Well marked abdomen and striped legs. Waiting for lunch to arrive on Dune Daisy flower.

Flower Crab Spider

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By: hampshire karoo
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
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Location: Unnamed Road, Barrydale
Observed on: 16th October 2006
Added to iSpot: 25th July 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 3
Comments: 0

White Crab Spider with catch

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: Garden Route Botanical Gardens
Observed on: 21st July 2014
Added to iSpot: 21st July 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0
Description: Action in center of Dune Daisy. Victim most probably a Nose Fly,common on the Dune Daisy now.Will do an interaction.

Green spider

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By: Ricky TaylorRicky Taylor's reputation in InvertebratesRicky Taylor's reputation in InvertebratesRicky Taylor's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Mgobezeleni Estuary, Sodwana
Observed on: 17th July 2014
Added to iSpot: 19th July 2014
Likely ID: Oxytate
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0
Description: On leaf floating on water. Feeding on fly. Body about 12 mm long

Wide-grasp crab spider

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By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River Near Hoedspruit
Observed on: 2nd July 2014
Added to iSpot: 3rd July 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0
Description: Body length 4.7mm Found in forest understory.

Lobster spider

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By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River Near Hoedspruit
Observed on: 2nd July 2014
Added to iSpot: 3rd July 2014
Likely ID: Tmarus
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 2
Description: A crab spider that looks like a crayfish. Body length 5mm. Found in leafy forest undergrowth.

Thomisidae sp. on Thymophylla pentachaeta (Common Dogweed)

Thomisidae sp. on Thymophylla pentachaeta (Common Dogweed)
By: Nicky
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Location: Big Bend National Park
Observed on: 29th May 2012
Added to iSpot: 2nd July 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0

Spider

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By: DullsweatherDullsweather's reputation in InvertebratesDullsweather's reputation in InvertebratesDullsweather's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Spruit St, Dullstroom
Observed on: 5th October 2003
Added to iSpot: 2nd July 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0

flower crab spider

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Location: Malolotja Nature Reserve, campsite vlei
Observed on: 9th November 2013
Added to iSpot: 1st July 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 2
Comments: 0

Ground crab spider

Xysticus frontal
By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River Near Hoedspruit
Observed on: 30th June 2014
Added to iSpot: 1st July 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0
Description: Body length 9mm. Spotted trekking slowly across a cobblestone footpath. I think the shiny foreign material on its leg may be a bit of plastic litter. In fact, the spider is so dusty I think it may have been swept by a broom.

Crab spider

Crab spider
By: vanrensk
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Location: Plot Somerset West
Observed on: 28th June 2014
Added to iSpot: 28th June 2014
Likely ID: Synema marlothi
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 2
Comments: 3

Crab spider canape

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By: vynbos
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Location: Swartboskloof Trail, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
Observed on: 22nd June 2014
Added to iSpot: 22nd June 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 2
Comments: 0

Thomisidae sp.on Canavalia rosea

 Thomisidae sp.on Canavalia rosea
By: Nicky
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Location: Galveston State Park, Texas
Observed on: 13th May 2012
Added to iSpot: 19th June 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0

Crab spider

Crabspider
By: Cassine
South African National Biodiversity Institute
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Location: Monkey City, Gauteng
Observed on: 19th June 2014
Added to iSpot: 19th June 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 1
Description: Found on garden pebbles and assumed typical aggression with front legs held together like other Thomisidae. Fairly large female, about 9mm TL.

yellow green insect on restio

yellow green insect on restio
By: dryden
Location: Mamreweg, R315
Observed on: 11th June 2014
Added to iSpot: 12th June 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 2
Description: Small 8-10 mm insect, pale yellow colour within a restio head

spider eyes

spider eyes
By: rianabate
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Location: Presidentsrus
Observed on: 1st June 2014
Added to iSpot: 1st June 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 2
Comments: 1

little Thomisidae from under bark 4web 2

little Thomisidae from under bark 4web 2
By: guido.cozaguido.coza's reputation in Invertebratesguido.coza's reputation in Invertebratesguido.coza's reputation in Invertebratesguido.coza's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Hughenden rd
Observed on: 28th May 2014
Added to iSpot: 28th May 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 2
Comments: 4

crab spider

little spider
By: saxicola
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Location: (Garden) Mount Pleasant, Simon's Town
Observed on: 14th May 2014
Added to iSpot: 26th May 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 2
Comments: 2

Grab spider with bee 4web 1135907

Grab spider caught bee 4web 1135907
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Location: Hughenden rd
Observed on: 23rd May 2014
Added to iSpot: 23rd May 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0
Description: I'm relatively sure about the spider, even more sure about the bee, but what are the little flies??

Species with which Crabspiders (Thomisidae) interacts

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