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Rural Crab Spider

Tharpyna campestrata


An attractive little spider about 8 mm long with distinct markings on abdomen. The cephalothorax was dark, plain and leathery-looking. Legs had short stiff hairs.


Spotted on the trunk of a eucalytpus tree in regenerated nature strip.


The female is said to lay eggs on or under loose bark. This spider was so well camouflaged that I almost missed it.
Family: Thomisidae

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Lysterfield, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 20, 2021
Submitted on Oct 22, 2021

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