Observations in the Family: Thomisidae

English Name: Crabspiders

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163 Pearly spider

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Location: Garden
Observed on: 22nd April 2014
Added to iSpot: 23rd April 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 0
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Description: Small-small, a few mm long.

Thomisus sp

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Location: De Hoop Nature Reserve, Potberg section
Observed on: 15th April 2014
Added to iSpot: 21st April 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 3
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Crab Spider - Thomisus - on dog poo

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By: Lee JonesLee Jones's reputation in InvertebratesLee Jones's reputation in InvertebratesLee Jones's reputation in InvertebratesLee Jones's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Scarborough Garden
Observed on: 26th December 2009
Added to iSpot: 17th April 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 2
Description: Yellow Crab Spider - body length roughly 7mm to 8mm. Lean flowering period in the garden - so time to use other prey attractions.

Crab Spider

Crab Spider
By: tony rebelo
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Location: Track Mispah Shooting range to Rockview Dam surge tank
Observed on: 5th April 2014
Added to iSpot: 17th April 2014
Identifications: 1
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speckled crab spider

speckled crab spider
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Location: Riversley Farm
Observed on: 9th January 2014
Added to iSpot: 11th April 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
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Description: crab spider hunting among the flowers and foliage of Tribulus zeyheri

yoo hoo you can't see me

yoo hoo you can't see me
By: TuliTuli's reputation in InvertebratesTuli's reputation in InvertebratesTuli's reputation in InvertebratesTuli's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Riversley Farm
Observed on: 9th January 2014
Added to iSpot: 10th April 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
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Description: Two spiders hiding among the Commelina flowers, a pair of crab spiders perhaps?? definitely one spider behind the petal and is that a suitor on the stem?

KNR Tmarus Crab spider

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By: Joan Faiola
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Location: Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
Observed on: 23rd March 2014
Added to iSpot: 8th April 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
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Crabspider

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By: vynbos
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Location: Old Boland Hiking Trail, Helderberg Rural
Observed on: 6th April 2014
Added to iSpot: 7th April 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 2
Comments: 0

Thomisus sp.

Thomisus sp.
By: Nicky
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Location: Camferskloof
Observed on: 28th March 2014
Added to iSpot: 1st April 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
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Spiderfly - The spider

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By: RobertRobert's reputation in InvertebratesRobert's reputation in InvertebratesRobert's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Hayfields, PMB
Observed on: 13th February 2009
Added to iSpot: 27th March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0

Spider green

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By: sallyslaksallyslak's reputation in Invertebratessallyslak's reputation in Invertebratessallyslak's reputation in Invertebratessallyslak's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Garden
Observed on: 19th March 2014
Added to iSpot: 26th March 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0
Description: Web-spinner.

Grass Crabspider

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By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River Near Hoedspruit
Observed on: 21st March 2014
Added to iSpot: 24th March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 1
Description: Body length about 8-9mm. On a Panicum plume. Three legs missing and two mites on carapace. One of the mites attached to its posterior median eye. Life is tough in Africa.

Crab Spider

Crab Spider
By: forshawn
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Location: Monteith Apple Farm
Observed on: 30th January 2014
Added to iSpot: 24th March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0

Crabspider

Crabspider
By: tony rebelo
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Location: Conical Peak w Matroosberg Hex River
Observed on: 10th February 2014
Added to iSpot: 23rd March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 1

Crabspider on grass plume

Thomisus blandus frontal
By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River bushveld and wetlands near Hoedspruit
Observed on: 21st March 2014
Added to iSpot: 22nd March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 2
Comments: 3
Description: On Panicum maximum.

Thomisidae sp. on Bulbine narcissifolia

 Thomisidae sp. on Bulbine narcissifolia
By: Nicky
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Location: N2
Observed on: 16th March 2014
Added to iSpot: 20th March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0

Synema Crab Spider

Synema
By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River bushveld and wetlands near Hoedspruit
Observed on: 11th March 2014
Added to iSpot: 14th March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0
Description: Body length about7mm. Spotted in a retreat/refuge constructed of a Panicum plume pulled together with silky threads. Not sure who made the refuge as Thomisid spiders are said to be plant dwellers without webs or retreats (ADS2014:p.233)

White Crab Spider robbed of it's victim by Assassin Bug

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: Garden Route Botanical Gardens
Observed on: 12th August 2012
Added to iSpot: 10th March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 3
Description: Think that the Crabspider had caught the fly(?) and was robbed of it by the Assain Bug. Bug was definitely the victor in the tug-of-war

Spider on stilbe - Stanford

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By: carina l
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Location: R43, Greater Hermanus
Observed on: 30th November 2013
Added to iSpot: 10th March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 2
Comments: 0
Description: Spider about 10 mm.

Crabspider

Crabspider
By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River Near Hoedspruit
Observed on: 9th March 2014
Added to iSpot: 10th March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0
Description: Body length about 12mm.

Yellow Crab Spider on yellow daisy with bee catch

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: Garden Route Botanical Gardens
Observed on: 6th December 2011
Added to iSpot: 9th March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 2

Why it tickles when there's a spiderling on your arm.

Thomisid 3mm
By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River Near Hoedspruit
Observed on: 4th March 2014
Added to iSpot: 4th March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0
Description: Body length less than 3mm. Tip: Try and leave human body parts out of macro photography. It grosses out the viewers. This is my arm, by the way. And its a Crabspider, mind you.

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By: Evanne Rothwell
Friends of Silvermine Nature Area
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Location: 12, Addo Rd
Observed on: 3rd March 2014
Added to iSpot: 3rd March 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0
Description: A little white spider about 1 cm long.

Green spider in pool

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By: Bruce KelbeBruce Kelbe's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Mtunzini, KZN
Observed on: 1st March 2014
Added to iSpot: 2nd March 2014
Likely ID: Oxytate
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 1
Comments: 1

Things on a little spider

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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: 14th February 2014
Added to iSpot: 14th February 2014
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 2
Comments: 4
Description: I tried unsuccessfully to get decent shots of a little spider. But the photos do show a bunch of little things to the right of its head when viewed from above. What might these be?

Small Mantid being devoured by small spider

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By: Ryan van HuyssteenRyan van Huyssteen's reputation in InvertebratesRyan van Huyssteen's reputation in InvertebratesRyan van Huyssteen's reputation in InvertebratesRyan van Huyssteen's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Masebe Nature Reserve
Observed on: 25th January 2014
Added to iSpot: 12th February 2014
Likely ID: Thomisops
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 0
Comments: 1

Crab Spider

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By: Ryan van HuyssteenRyan van Huyssteen's reputation in InvertebratesRyan van Huyssteen's reputation in InvertebratesRyan van Huyssteen's reputation in InvertebratesRyan van Huyssteen's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Masebe Nature Reserve
Observed on: 17th January 2014
Added to iSpot: 9th February 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0

Spider with butterfly

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Location: Stones Hill, Grahamstown
Observed on: 2nd February 2014
Added to iSpot: 2nd February 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0

Crab on a Bell

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By: vynbos
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Location: Olifantsbos, Cape Point
Observed on: 1st February 2014
Added to iSpot: 1st February 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 2
Comments: 0

Crabspider

Crabspider
By: tony rebelo
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Location: Blesfontein - Fish River
Observed on: 16th November 2013
Added to iSpot: 31st January 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 2
Comments: 1

Mask Crab Spider

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By: Luc
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Location: Nursery Ravine, Table Mountain National Park
Observed on: 18th January 2014
Added to iSpot: 20th January 2014
Likely ID: Synema imitator
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0

Confused

Thomisus
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Location: R555, Middelburg
Observed on: 18th January 2014
Added to iSpot: 18th January 2014
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 3
Comments: 0

Jellybaby spider

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By: sallyslaksallyslak's reputation in Invertebratessallyslak's reputation in Invertebratessallyslak's reputation in Invertebratessallyslak's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Garden
Observed on: 8th December 2008
Added to iSpot: 15th January 2014
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 1
Comments: 1

Synema (African Mask Crab Spider) with Hopliini Selago corymbosa

Synema (African Mask Crab Spider) with Hopliini  Selago corymbosa
By: Nicky
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Location: Brenton
Observed on: 11th January 2014
Added to iSpot: 14th January 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0

Synema imitator on Struthiola

Synema imitator on struthiola
By: sallyslaksallyslak's reputation in Invertebratessallyslak's reputation in Invertebratessallyslak's reputation in Invertebratessallyslak's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Fynbos trail
Observed on: 21st July 2012
Added to iSpot: 14th January 2014
Likely ID: Synema marlothi
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 0
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Crab spider

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By: Joanette Le CornuJoanette Le Cornu's reputation in InvertebratesJoanette Le Cornu's reputation in InvertebratesJoanette Le Cornu's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Varkenskraal
Observed on: 26th March 2013
Added to iSpot: 14th January 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0

Thomisus sp. (Crab-spider) on Helichrysum petiolare

 Thomisus sp. (Crab-spider) on Helichrysum petiolare
By: Nicky
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Location: Eastford Country Estate
Observed on: 12th January 2014
Added to iSpot: 13th January 2014
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0

Synema imitator (African mask crab spider on Gnidia juniperifolia

 Synema imitator (African mask crab spider on Gnidia juniperifolia
By: Nicky
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Location: Jonkersberg in Outeniqua Mountains
Observed on: 1st October 2010
Added to iSpot: 8th January 2014
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0

Tiny Crabspider on grass

Crabspider shoulder shot
By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Blyde River bushveld and wetlands near Hoedspruit
Observed on: 29th December 2013
Added to iSpot: 30th December 2013
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0
Description: Body length about 5-6mm. Spotted on a Panicum plume in grassy wetland.

Flower Crab Spider

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By: Luc
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Location: 7, Le Sueur Ave
Observed on: 29th December 2013
Added to iSpot: 29th December 2013
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0

Crab spidertjie - Barrydale WCape

Crab spidertjie - Barrydale WCape
By: Marion MacleanMarion Maclean's reputation in InvertebratesMarion Maclean's reputation in InvertebratesMarion Maclean's reputation in InvertebratesMarion Maclean's reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Shale slopes Barrydale district WCape
Observed on: 14th December 2013
Added to iSpot: 24th December 2013
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0

Crab spider with prey

Crab spider with prey
By: Graham G
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Location: Farm Ntsinini, N4, Waterval Onder
Observed on: 17th November 2013
Added to iSpot: 22nd December 2013
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0
Description: It was only when I was looking at my photos on my computer much later that I saw the bee, and then on looking closer saw it had been caught by a crab spider

not a flower crab spider

crab spider
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Location: Riversley Farm
Observed on: 29th September 2013
Added to iSpot: 21st December 2013
Likely ID: Thomisidae
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 6
Description: small crab spider that did a Miss Muffet from an upper branch of the thorn tree and ended up suspended in front of my nose. This spider was missing a leg but I recall reading somewhere that 7 legs does not noticeably disadvantage a spider.

Crab spider

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Location: Dullstroom
Observed on: 20th December 2013
Added to iSpot: 20th December 2013
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 0
Comments: 0

bioblitz 005

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By: nmdayi90
South African National Biodiversity Institute
Location: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Observed on: 22nd July 2013
Added to iSpot: 5th December 2013
Identifications: 2
Agreements: 2
Comments: 0

Thomisus in Mountainlands

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By: Cassine
South African National Biodiversity Institute
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Location: Barberton, Mountainlands NR
Observed on: 24th November 2013
Added to iSpot: 29th November 2013
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 0

African mask in Mountainlands

African mask spider (Synema); Mountainlands NR
By: Cassine
South African National Biodiversity Institute
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Location: Barberton, Mountainlands NR
Observed on: 24th November 2013
Added to iSpot: 27th November 2013
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 2
Comments: 0
Description: 4 mm.

Crab Spider on Milkweed

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By: Wynand Uys
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Location: Tembe Elephant Park
Observed on: 23rd November 2013
Added to iSpot: 27th November 2013
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 2
Comments: 0
Description: Evidently harassed by ants

purple spider?? Please help identify

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By: brendahall
Location: 24, Nederberg Avenue
Observed on: 12th November 2013
Added to iSpot: 12th November 2013
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 1
Comments: 1

Sir Lowry's yellow crab

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By: magrietb
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Location: The Old Boland Trail, Sir Lowry's Pass WC
Observed on: 6th November 2013
Added to iSpot: 12th November 2013
Identifications: 1
Agreements: 5
Comments: 0

Species with which Crabspiders (Thomisidae) interacts

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