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Species Mecaphesa asperata - Northern Crab Spider

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Thomisidae (Crab Spiders)
Genus Mecaphesa
Species asperata (Northern Crab Spider)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mecaphesa asperata (Hentz, 1847)

Misumenops asperatus (Hentz, 1847) -- see Lehtinen, P. T. & Y. M. Marusik, 2008.
Size
Male: total length approx. 3.3 mm; female generally smaller than M. vatia: approx. 5.5 mm. (Dondale & Redner, 1978b)
Identification
Dorsum of abdomen off-white with two pairs of longitudinal red bands or rows of spots, sometimes with lateral red band anteriad (Dondale & Rednder, 1978b) --- a "capped" V, with the point of the V at the end of the somewhat angular abdomen (Wikipedia, accessed 09-Jan-2011); legs yellowish or off-white, banded distally red or brown; femora spotted.
Range
New Mexico to Florida, northward to British Columbia, Quebec, and Massachusetts. (Dondale & Redner, 1978b)