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Crab spider

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Species:
Stephanopis barbipes (RM)
(Note the obvious sexual dimorphism this species exhibits, the male being smaller than the female and having distinctive black brushes on the tibia of its first pair of legs)
Family:
Thomisidae
Body length:
female: 5 mm
male: 3.5 mm
Habitat:
On the dry bark where its camouflage is most effective
Toxicity:
Unknown; may be too small to cause illness in humans
Stephanopis barbipes
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The male
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Another male
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Female underside
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Another female

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Sidymella trapezia and several other Sidymella species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 31 December 2012.