Observations in the Family: Thomisidae

Common Name: Crabspiders

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Spider

DSC01834 Thomisidae (Crab spider)
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Location: Highlands, Grahamstown
Observed: 13th December 2014
Added: 13th December 2014
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Crab Spider with Bee catch

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: Garden Route Botanical Gardens
Observed: 8th December 2014
Added: 9th December 2014
Identifications:1
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Oxytate with dark ab

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By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Garden
Observed: 1st December 2014
Added: 9th December 2014
Likely ID: Oxytate
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Not sure if this just a colour variation of the more transparent Oxytate individuals common on the bush, eg. http://www.ispotnature.org/node/570349

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Crab spider

DSC01329 Thomisidae (Crab spider) (4)
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Location: Mayor's Seat, Grahamstown
Observed: 23rd November 2014
Added: 6th December 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Description:

jumped from the freesia flower

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tree frog gone odd

legs sorted
By: Bushboy
BirdLife South Africa
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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 21st November 2014
Added: 30th November 2014
Identifications:2
Agreements:6
Comments:11
Description:

About 15mm long

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369 Spider crab greenish

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By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Garden
Observed: 26th November 2014
Added: 29th November 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Crab spider feeding

Crab spider feeding
By: Dewidine
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersGroen Sebenza
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Location: Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Observed: 22nd November 2014
Added: 26th November 2014
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Small spider

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By: qgrobler
Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency
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Location: 5, Edge View Rd
Observed: 26th November 2014
Added: 26th November 2014
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:1
Description:

0.5cm

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Thomisus australis on Senecio speciosus

Thomisus australis on Senecio speciosus
By: Nicky vB
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersMountain Club of SA (South Cape)OutrampsSucculent Society of South Africa
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Location: Thomas Baines Nature Reserve
Observed: 29th September 2014
Added: 18th November 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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synema in heli

synema in heli
By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: River road
Observed: 16th November 2014
Added: 17th November 2014
Likely ID: Synema imitator
Identifications:1
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Description:

I wondered why a dead monkey beetle was hanging from this flower - upon investigation I found the spider huddled cosily right in the middle of the florets.

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Crab spider

Crab spider
By: Graham G
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers
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Location: Beacon Hill, Umtamvuna NR
Observed: 6th November 2014
Added: 15th November 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Spider brown fly mimic

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By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Charlie's path
Observed: 11th November 2014
Added: 14th November 2014
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:5
Description:

This wee one looks very fly-like from a distance

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Spider

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By: _vynbos
Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers
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Location: M6, Noordhoek
Observed: 9th November 2014
Added: 9th November 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Description:

4mm
Looks like a crabspider, but the eye array is a bit off.

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Thomisus australis on Syncarpha paniculata

Thomisus australis on Syncarpha paniculata
By: Nicky vB
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Location: Bosch Hoek
Observed: 8th October 2011
Added: 8th November 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Crab Spider

Crab Spider
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Location: R543, Wakkerstroom
Observed: 1st February 2010
Added: 8th November 2014
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:1
Description:

This critter was found by Kristi Garland on the porch of the managers house of the BLSA centre at Wakkerstroom.

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Grass thommy

spider grass thomisidae
By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: River road
Observed: 3rd November 2014
Added: 3rd November 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:1
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Oxytate with prey

spider oxytate with tipulidae
By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Garden
Observed: 2nd November 2014
Added: 2nd November 2014
Likely ID: Oxytate
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

This is a continuation of this observation:
http://www.ispot.org.za/node/284727

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Kleinmond lurid-living spider

Kleinmond lurid-living spider
By: magrietb
Custodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersLepidopterists' Society of AfricaSpider Club of South Africa
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Location: Kleinmond contour path, above 15th Ave
Observed: 5th October 2014
Added: 1st November 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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African mask crab spider

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Location: Spruit St, Dullstroom
Observed: 29th October 2014
Added: 1st November 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Missionarachni position

spider oxytate clinch
By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Garden
Observed: 31st October 2014
Added: 31st October 2014
Likely ID: Oxytate
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:1
Description:

I suppose this is spider sex? The (presumably) male wriggled out from under the female after a short time and the couple retired to separate leaves.

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Tiny Crab Spider

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By: Wynand Uys
Kruger2Canyons
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Location: Blyde River Near Hoedspruit
Observed: 17th October 2014
Added: 28th October 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Really small: Body length 2.5mm

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Spider

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By: Eben Lourens
Cape Nature
Location: Unnamed Road, South Cape DC
Observed: 14th October 2014
Added: 27th October 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Thomisus stenningi on Dimorphotheca nudicaulis

Thomisus stenningi on Dimorphotheca nudicaulis
By: Nicky vB
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersMountain Club of SA (South Cape)OutrampsSucculent Society of South Africa
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Location: Fynbos Estate, Malmesbury
Observed: 10th October 2014
Added: 26th October 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Spider

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Location: Botha's Ridge, Grahamstown
Observed: 18th October 2014
Added: 26th October 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Spider

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Location: Botha's Ridge, Grahamstown
Observed: 18th October 2014
Added: 26th October 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Not going hungry tonight

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By: jacquesvdmerwe
Botanical Society of South AfricaCity of Cape Town Biodiversity Management BranchCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersDarling Wildflower Society
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Location: Unnamed Road, West Coast DC
Observed: 23rd October 2014
Added: 23rd October 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Have quite a few really nice butterflies in the garden including these Cabbage White's. Crabby was clever enough to nab himself one - wont go hungry for a few nights!!

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Mr and Mrs?

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By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Garden
Observed: 15th October 2014
Added: 19th October 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Description:

Two genders?

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Tiny spider, long legs - Montagu WCape

Tiny spider, long legs - Montagu WCape
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Location: Pietersfontein, Montagu WCape
Observed: 10th September 2014
Added: 19th October 2014
Likely ID: Pherecydes
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Body length about 3 mm in this position, but I have a feeling the abdomen is reflexed, in which case the total length would be about 5 mm.

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Summer: time for a new skin

spider oxytate shedding 2
By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Garden
Observed: 18th October 2014
Added: 19th October 2014
Likely ID: Oxytate
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

I came across this spider just after it had slipped out of last season's skin. It dangled in the wind with legs straight out for some time before starting to flex them. After a short rest on the leaf it wrestled with the old skin until it had freed it from its moorings and gaily tossed it into the wind (obviously not a hoarder!).

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Crab spider

Crab spider
By: rianabate
Entomological Society of Southern Africa
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Location: N14, Kalahari District Council
Observed: 17th October 2014
Added: 19th October 2014
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Species with which Crabspiders (Thomisidae) interacts