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:ARA01994

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Tilden Regional Park, Tilden Regional Park, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CAEB550000
Open Space Location:Tilden Regional Park

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
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

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