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Green Crab Spider

Oxytate virens


These are green in color with light green color pattern on the abdomen. They have slightly protruding lateral eyes. The eyes are surrounded by white enamel-like rings. They are found in leaves or flowers matched with color of the spider. The cephalothorax is flat, broadly oval and broader than long, with both front and rear widely truncated. The abdomen is oval, long and as wide as the carapace. The legs are long with dark spines. Commonly found in the ventral side of green leaves. The colouration of this spider merges with the colouration of green leaves. Retreat is constructed by folding the end portion of a leaf back onto itself thereby creating a pyramidal space. During night, it stalks for prey hanging onto the under-side of leaves. When the spider senses the vibrations caused by prey moving on the upper side of the leaf, it quickly pounces on the victim.


A female Oxytate virens protecting its new born!!!

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Atul 9 years ago

Thanks Sumukha and Satyen!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Nice spot Atul.. Very similar to mine -

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Wow! She has managed to cover all the eggs.

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Jun 25, 2012
Submitted on Jun 27, 2012

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