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For the United States & Canada

Species Thanatus vulgaris

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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 (Entelegynae)
Family Philodromidae (Running Crab Spiders)
Genus Thanatus
Species vulgaris (Thanatus vulgaris)
Identification
Look for three prolateral spines on femur I.

Voucher specimen:

male
Range
Ohio south to Georgia and west to Idaho, and also California. (1)
Remarks
Often found in cricket shipments.
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Spiders
B. J. Kaston. 1978. WCB/McGraw-Hill.