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Crab spider

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Species:
Lehtinelagia pulleinei
(Identification as shown by Mark Newton on his WILD South Australia website)
Family:
Thomisidae
Body length:
female: 6 mm
male: 4 mm
Habitat:
Often on leaves or glowers or in a retreat formed by curling a green leaf into a loop and partly sealing it with silk
Toxicity:
Unknown but this spider is almost certainly too small to cause significant human illness
Lehtinelagia pulleinei
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In its habitat
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Another view
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Underneath male

Until recently this spider was known as a Diaea species but in 2014 P. Szymkowiak in Annales of Zoologici Warszawa, Volume 64, pages 333-477, stated that all Australian Diaea species should now be listed as Lehtinelagia species.

This species is easily recognized by its pattern of green and reddish colours and black abdominal dots. These allow it to 'hide in plain sight' on green leaves or in flowers and to catch insects by stealth.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Some other Lehtinelagia species.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 10 October 2017.