Crab Spider
( Thomisidae )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Thomisidae
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Common Name:Crab Spider
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Arachnida
Order:Araneae
Family:Thomisidae
Taxon Code:ARA00640

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Bay Point Regional Shoreline, Bay Point Regional Shoreline, Bay Point Regional Shoreline, McAvoy Road, Bay Point
County:Contra Costa County
ECI Site#:CAEB040000
Open Space Location:Bay Point Regional Shoreline

RECOGNITION
Diversity
America, north of Mexico: 130 Species in 9 genera, split into 10 genera by some authors. Worldwide: 14 genera.

BIOLOGY
Food
Spiders with very small (if strong) jaws (such as crab spiders and cobweb weavers) make small holes in the prey and vomit their digestive fluid into the prey's body, the end result being a hollow shell with some or most of the muscles and internal organs digested and sucked out.
Diversity
America, north of Mexico: 130 Species in 9 genera, split into 10 genera by some authors. Worldwide: 14 genera.

CREDITS
Photographer
Mike Dame
Insect Sciences Museum of California

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