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Green crab spider

Diaea sp.

Description:

At first this seemed to be a ladybird (Coccinellidae) pupa then it started moving. Abdomen was approximately 6mm long and grey-green with distinct white patterns. The rest of the animal was the same colour as the acacia plant it was living on.

Habitat:

On Acacia mearnsii in a large nature reserve.

Notes:

Diaea is a spider genus of the family Thomisidae (crab spiders) Kristi's Tas version http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6240/6301... Is this one related to the yellow flower version seen last week on the same species of plant? http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/402...

2 Comments

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 7 years ago

Well, hope we will find the ID soon for this unique spider.. :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks for that Jason however I think it's a different one. Araniella maderiana is not found in southern Australia and the eye pattern is different. I think this is a crab spider specialising in the local acacia species. Here's another shot of it in Tasmania on Acacia (but the experts can't name it yet either) http://www.flickr.com/photos/22953763@N0...

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 1, 2013
Submitted on Oct 1, 2013

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