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Genus Modysticus

Preserved Modysticus - dorsal - Modysticus modestus - female Preserved Modysticus - dorsal - Modysticus modestus - female Preserved Modysticus - posterior - Modysticus modestus - female M. floridanus - dorsal - Modysticus floridanus - female M. floridanus - posterior dorsal - Modysticus floridanus - female M. floridanus - front - Modysticus floridanus - female M. floridanus - posterior dorsal - Modysticus floridanus - female M. floridanus - front - Modysticus floridanus - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Thomisidae (Crab Spiders)
Genus Modysticus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Previously genus Ozyptila.
Explanation of Names
Gertsch, 1953
Numbers
3 species in the USA (none in Canada), and one in Mexico that may eventually range into southern Texas.
Size
Less than 5mm in body length.
Range
M. floridanus: southeastern USA (specific states listed in (1) include TN, SC, FL).

M. imitatus: eastern Mexico. (1)

M. modestus: eastern USA (specific states listed in (1) include KS, MO, AR, GA, WV, OH, IN, MI).

M. okefinokensis: Georgia & Florida.(1)
See Also
Similar-looking genera: Ozyptila, Xysticus
Print References
Dondale, C.D. & J.H. Redner, 1974. The genus Ozyptila in North America (Araneida, Thomisidae). Journal of Arachnology 2(3): 129-181 (PDF available online here)

Marusik, Y.M., P.T. Lehtinen & M.M. Kovblyuk, 2005. Cozyptila, a new genus of crab spiders (Aranei: Thomisidae: Thomisinae: Coriarachnini) from the western Palaearctic. Arthropoda Selecta 13: 151-163 (PDF available online here)
Works Cited
1.The genus Ozyptila in North America (Araneida, Thomisidae)
C.D. Dondale & J.H. Redner. 1975. Journal of Arachnology 2(3): 129-181.