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Flower Crab Spider

Thomisus pugilis

Description:

Found this beautiful and colorful crab spider in a flowering plant in my home.. These spiders are brightly coloured. The cephalothorax is quite low but raised near the middle with flat cephalus sloping slowly downwards to a wide carina at the front and sloping more steeply on the sides and thorax. The thorax is quite wide as long as broad with its anterior margin bearing pointed horns. The abdomen is flat on top and is obliquely truncated at the front and rear with a pentagonal shape. The sides diverge from the carinate anterior edge to two distinct rounded tubercles which lie at the limit of the flat upper surface. From the tubercles the sides drop away very steeply and converge to the spinnerets. Legs are smooth, the first and second pairs much robust than the third and fourth. Ventral side of the tibia and metatarsal of the first and second pairs bear spines.

Habitat:

Normally found on flowering plants.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Flower Crab Spider
Thomisus sp. Thomisus


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26 Comments (1–25)

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 9 years ago

Very lovely!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Thanks Jolly..:-) This is a fully grown specimen of this species. The juveniles doesn't have the markings on their legs as compared to the fully matured ones.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Great find Sumukha. Awesome crab spider. Very beautiful.

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Thank you Harsha..:-)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Thanks Luis..!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Wow! Lovely.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 9 years ago

Excellent Sumukha

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Thanks Nuwan..!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

It is indeed a beauty Carol..! This was a large crab spider when compared to other crab spiders that i have found..:-)

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

lovely !

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

What a beauty!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

I have finally found an ID for this one and i have updated the ID. The ID with a picture of it was found in "Spiders of India" book by P.A. Sebastian and K.V.Peter.

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Thank you Kim and Mayra..:-)

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Great capture!

KimChampagne
KimChampagne 9 years ago

try this one Thomisus spectabilis....look it up on the net and see what you think

dungeonmasterShu
dungeonmasterShu 9 years ago

that's the closest i can get. sorry.

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Thank u misako.hill..:)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Thank u Ismael Chaves..:)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Thank u Gordon Dietzman.. I wil try to find the ID for this..:)

misako
misako 9 years ago

beautiful!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Beautiful shot

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

I spent some time trying to figure out the ID, but didn't find anything. It's a great photo though. I hope you can ID it it further.

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Thank u very much KarenL..:)

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Lovely find Sumukha!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 9 years ago

Thank u Gerardo Aizpuru..:)

Sumukha Javagal
Spotted by
Sumukha Javagal

Marati Camp (Chordi), Karnataka, India

Spotted on Jun 28, 2011
Submitted on Feb 28, 2012

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