Western Lynx Spider
( Oxyopes scalaris )


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PHOTO COMMENT
This spider appears across the United States and into Mexico, but is most concentrated in California. It prefers grass and shrub habitats. Unlike many spiders, the sexes of this spider are similar in color patterning and body length. They are generally brown with varied brownish patterning on the upper sides. The face has a medial white stripe. The carapace is dark on the sides with a medial light patch. The abdomen has two pairs of angled white stripes on brown sides.
Life Stage:(A) adult

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Oxyopes scalaris
( Hentz, 1845 )
Common Name:Western Lynx Spider

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Arachnida
Order:Araneae
Family:Oxyopidae
Taxon Code:ARAOXYOP

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
3644 Calafia Ave, 3644 Calafia Ave, 3644 Calafia Ave, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CALIFMINOR

RECOGNITION
Recognition
These may have a thick brown line on the ventral surface of the femurs, but this is not to be confused with the 'distinct black line'.
Description
These may have a thick brown line on the ventral surface of the femurs, but this is not to be confused with the 'distinct black line'.
Body Length
8-12 mm (?); 8-13 mm (?)

BIOLOGY
Most species make little use of webs, instead spending their lives as hunting spiders on plants. Many species frequent flowers in particular, ambushing pollinators, much as crab spiders do. They tend to tolerate members of their own species more than most spiders do, and at least one species has been identified as exhibiting social behaviour.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Wikipedia


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