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Photo#636067
Cricket thief - dorsal - Thanatus vulgaris - male

Cricket thief - dorsal - Thanatus vulgaris - Male
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
November 4, 2011
Size: 4.5mm
This was easy to key to Thanatus vulgaris using Dondale & Redner 1978. These spiders have made residence in a pet store in north Austin. I was told that the spiders regularly drop on a line into the cricket bins, snag a cricket, and then steal up on the line out of the bin.

Dondale & Redner reports that it's range is "California to Mexico and Georsia. northward to Idaho. Ohio. and Massachusetts; Europe, North Africa." Furthermore, "Specimens of vulgaris have been collected from shrubs, buildings such as railroad stations, grocery stores, and restaurants, and ships at sea. The species is probably introduced in North America."

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Cricket thief - dorsal - Thanatus vulgaris - male Cricket thief - side - Thanatus vulgaris - male Cricket thief - face - Thanatus vulgaris - male Cricket thief - ventral - Thanatus vulgaris - male Cricket thief - prolateral palp - Thanatus vulgaris - male Cricket thief - ventral palp - Thanatus vulgaris - male Cricket thief - retrolateral palp - Thanatus vulgaris - male

Does it belong here?
I'm not sure if this belongs in "specimens from cricket shipments" because that's an inference, even if it's likely. The spiders now appear to be established in the building.

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