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Green crab spider

Diaea sp.


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.


On Acacia mearnsii in a large nature reserve.


Diaea is a spider genus of the family Thomisidae (crab spiders) Kristi's Tas version Is this one related to the yellow flower version seen last week on the same species of plant?


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago


Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 9 years ago

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

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 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)

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Belgrave Heights, Victoria, Australia

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

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