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Aranha-flor (Flower spider)

Family Thomisidae, Tobias sp.


"Crab spider is a common name applied loosely to many species of spiders, but most nearly consistently to members of the family Thomisidae. Among the Thomisidae it refers most often to the familiar species of "flower crab spiders", though not all members of the family are limited to ambush hunting in flowers."


"Rationalisation for the name crab spider is generally subjective and anecdotal. It is commonly said to refer to a fancied resemblance to crabs, or to the way such spiders hold their two front pairs of legs, or their ability to scuttle sideways or backwards. Some spiders so called have bodies that are flattened and angular. At all events, the Thomisidae are the family most generally referred to as "crab spiders".

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57 Comments (1–25)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Wow..nice spotting!

KarenL 9 years ago

Amazing capture Sergio! Congratulations!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Agustín Amenabar, JohanHeyns, LeanneGardner, williefromwi , Team Brinez 2, Gerardo Aizpuru, ArvinMemaphu &J, thank you very much.

ArvinMemaphu 9 years ago


Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Congratulations on spotting of the day, Sergio! Very well deserved! Thanks for being such a great role model.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Congratulations this is incredible Sergio :)

Adam Braz tb2
Adam Braz tb2 9 years ago

congratulation nice spotting

williefromwi 9 years ago

Congrats to you Sergio

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Congratulations Sergio!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 9 years ago


Hooray! congrats Asergio!
Beautiful spotting.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

To all who favorited this series and sent me such kind words, "muito obrigado". I am extremely glad to know that my little brazilian neighbors are so appreciated by PN users. And a special thank you to Yasser, for being chosen one more time for SOTD. It is a real honor to be recognized among so many wonderful spottings posted here. And keep watching, I feel that there are more some southern beauties around... See you.

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Fantastic, congratulations Sergio !

Felicidades, esta era de seguro una SOTD


Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Congrats Sergio!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

I knew it! My predication came through. Congratulations! What an awesome spider!

DB 9 years ago

Uma beleza! Parabéns...

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Quite a Beauty! Congratulations Asergio

wow beautiful xará
congrats on the sotd,fantastic my friend :)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Fantastic extraordinary spotting. Congratulations Sergio

ceherzog 9 years ago

Congrats Sergio excellent find & photos!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Congrats Sergio!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

What a beauty, Congratulations Sergio!

aldrin 9 years ago


Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Paraná, Brazil

Spotted on Sep 5, 2012
Submitted on Sep 5, 2012


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