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Red, Black and Yellow Crab Spider - Mecaphesa

Red, Black and Yellow Crab Spider - Mecaphesa
Kerrville, Texas, USA
June 7, 2007
I've been trying to figure out any more information about this little fellow, and any help would be appreciated.

Images of this individual: tag all
Red, Black and Yellow Crab Spider - Mecaphesa Red, Black and Yellow Crab Spider - Mecaphesa

Moved from Mecaphesa.

Possible dubia
I say we file this under "possible dubia." Having now looked through hundreds of mecaphesa photos, I'm finding that dubia may be distinctive in having two-tone lateral abdomenal stripes that are dark below and above which they quickly become some shade of red. This spider has that. I say we file under "possible dubia" until we know for sure.

I have this gorgeous spider i
I have this gorgeous spider in a jar with an egg sac. Her abdomen was brick-red when I took her, and it has since changed to a soft orange. I'll be getting an ID eventually. I also have one on a flower in my front yard. I don't know who she is yet. Probably Mecaphesa, but the SONA key is broken here so I don't have a reliable way to tell without nailing the species.

Moved from Misumenops unkfour. Deleted the unkfour page. Images gathered here in Arachnological Forum instead.

Moved from Crab Spiders.


Gorgeous spider -
moving to family page for now. Misumenops seems likely, but I have no idea which species... :(

Are some eye and carapace features to separate the genera in the Thomisidae. Difficult to see here. This may be another Misumenops. There are 25 species in that genus and likely several of them are TX only.

how about this?
Not sure if this helps, but here's another angle with a better view of its eyes.

A full cut close of the head and thorax from the first shot would be useful. Send the big shot up. Editors can see the full size. BG will shrink it otherwise. It will be to help verify genus. Have no way to get to species.

Great Photo
Great photo of a cool creature. It looks like a strawberry with legs :)

& that's exactly how I've been referring to it.

Great photo of a beautiful spider
...when I plugged 'Red crab spider' in the Search box...I found this

It's good to know that more are about. Strange, no sightings outside of Texas though...

Thanks for the help, I suppose I should search instead of browse. :)

Is there too much variation in crab spiders to identify the species?

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