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Running Crab Spider - Thanatus vulgaris - female

Running Crab Spider - Thanatus vulgaris - Female
Louisiana, USA
January 22, 2003

Moved from Thanatus vulgaris.

Was this found in a shipment of crickets, or was it found wild?

Yes, this was found in a shipment of crickets, from Flukers to be exact.

good question
I just got an adult female in some crickets from Fluker's in Louisiana.


Moved from Giant Crab Spiders.

Giant crab spider?
This reminds me more of a giant crab spider (Heteropoda and company) than a fisher spider, but without more detail I can't be absolutely certain. In that part of the country there are lots of possiblities:-)

I stand corrected
Giant crab spider. ( Heteropoda ) The cephalothorax is too wide to be that of a fishing spider and the abdomen has little variegation. The median stripe ( top of abdomen ) is also consistent with Heteropoda.

Giant Crab Spider it is!

Fishing Spider. of what species, I don't know.

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