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Thomisidae Checklist: Crab Spiders

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17 February 2020

Crab spiders from the family Thomisidae Sundevall,1833 are ambush predators and do not weave webs. The first two pairs of legs are typically longer and stronger, often armed with spines for grappling prey.

Checklist

This page consists of a personal checklist of all Crab Spiders (Thomisidae) that I’ve encountered over the years. Please do not assume the identification of a spider simply based on the photographs here as identification is usually based on examination of minute parts of the spider such as the genitalia.

All photos are of live subjects shot in the field, with the dorsal view selected where available. Click on individual photos for larger views and views from other angles. As most specimens were not collected, identifications were done purely based on photographs and may not be 100% accurate.

This page will be updated regularly, please let me know if you spot any mistakes.

View my complete Flickr photo set: Thomisidae – Crab Spiders.

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Family: Thomisidae Sundevall,1833

Subfamily: Aphantochilinae Thorell, 1873

Tribe: Aphantochilini Thorell 1873

Genus: Bucranium O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1881

Turtle ant mimic crab spider (Bucranium sp.) - DSC_4241

Peru: Bucranium sp. ♀

Dog-ear crab spider (Bucranium sp.) - DSC_4258

Peru: Bucranium sp. ♂

Subfamily: Bominae Simon, 1886

Genus: Boliscus Thorell, 1891

Crab Spider (Boliscus sp.) - DSC_5970b

Singapore: Boliscus tuberculatus (Simon, 1886) ♀

Crab Spider (Boliscus sp.) - DSC_8838

Singapore: Boliscus tuberculatus (Simon, 1886) ♀

Genus: Thomisops Karsch, 1879

Crab spider (Thomisops pupa) - DSC_3972

Mozambique: Thomisops pupa Karsch, 1879 ♀

Subfamily: Dietinae Simon, 1895

Tribe: Alcimochthini Simon, 1895

Genus: Alcimochthes Simon, 1885

Crab Spider (Alcimochthes sp.) - DSC_3739

Singapore: Alcimochthes cf. limbatus Simon, 1885 ♀

Crab spider (cf. Alcimochthes sp.) - DSC_2409

Singapore: Alcimochthes sp. ♀

Crab spider (Alcimochthes sp.) - DSC_9850

Singapore: Alcimochthes sp. Juv

Tribe: Amyciaeini Simon, 1895

Genus: Amyciaea Simon, 1885

Ant-mimic crab spider (Amyciaea sp.) - DSC_9718

Singapore: Amyciaea forticeps (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1873) ♀

Ant-mimic crab spider (Amyciaea sp.) - DSC_1249

Singapore: Amyciaea forticeps (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1873) ♂

Tribe: Dietini Simon, 1895

Genus: Loxobates Thorell, 1877

Crab spider (Loxobates sp.) - DSC_2766

East Malaysia: Loxobates sp. ♂

Genus: Oxytate L. Koch, 1878

Green crab spider (Oxytate sp.) - DSC_5903b

Singapore: Oxytate virens (Thorell, 1891) ♀

Green Crab Spider (Oxytate sp.) - DSC_0799

Singapore: Oxytate virens (Thorell, 1891) ♂

Crab spider (Oxytate sp.) - DSC_5892

Singapore: Oxytate virens (Thorell, 1891) ♀

Green crab spider (Oxytate argenteooculata) - DSC_6033

Mozambique: Oxytate argenteooculata (Simon, 1886)

Green crab spider (Oxytate sp.) - DSC_9405

Madagascar: Oxytate sp. ♀ 9405

Green crab spider (Oxytate sp.) - DSC_2038

Madagascar: Oxytate sp. ♂ 2038

Green crab spider (Oxytate sp.) - DSC_2459

Madagascar: Oxytate sp. ♀ 2459

Tribe: Emplesiogonini Simon, 1903

Genus: Emplesiogonus Simon, 1903

Crab spider (cf. Emplesiogonus sp.) - DSC_2870

Madagascar: cf. Emplesiogonus sp. ♀

Tribe: Mystariini Simon, 1895

Genus: Mystaria Simon, 1895

Crab spider (Mystaria savannensis) - DSC_6495

Mozambique: Mystaria savannensis Lewis & Dippenaar-Schoeman, 2014 ♀

Subfamily: Stephanopinae O. P-Cambridge, 1871

Tribe: Haedanini Simon, 1895

Genus: Pycnaxis Simon, 1895

Crab spider (Pycnaxis sp.) - DSC_5466

East Malaysia: Pycnaxis sp. ♀

Crab spider (Pycnaxis sp.) - DSC_5731

East Malaysia: Pycnaxis sp. ♂

Tribe: Phrynarachnini Simon, 1895

Genus: Phrynarachne Thorell, 1869

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Bird dung crab spider (Phrynarachne sp.) - DSC_0957

Singapore:
Phrynarachne ceylonica (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1884) ♀

Bird dung crab spider (Phrynarachne sp.) - DSC_1093

Singapore:
Phrynarachne ceylonica (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1884) ♀

Bird-Dropping Crab Spider (Phrynarachne sp.?) - DSC_4878

West Malaysia: Phrynarachne decipiens (Forbes, 1884) ♀

Bird dung crab spider (Phrynarachne sp.) - DSC_4263

East Malaysia: Phrynarachne decipiens (Forbes, 1884) ♀

Bird Dung Crab Spider (Phrynarachne sp.) - DSC_8595

Singapore: Phrynarachne tuberosa (Blackwall, 1864) ♀

Bird Dung Crab Spider (Phrynarachne sp.?) - DSC_3173

Singapore: Phrynarachne sp. ♀

Bird dung crab spider (Phrynarachne sp.) - DSC_8703

Singapore: Phrynarachne sp. ♀

Bird dung crab spider (Phrynarachne sp.) - DSC_0230

Singapore: Phrynarachne sp. ♀

Bird dung crab spider (Phrynarachne rugosa) - DSC_2558

Madagascar: Phrynarachne rugosa (Latreille, 1804)

Bird-dung crab spider (Phrynarachne sp.) - DSC_2788

Madagascar: Phrynarachne sp. 2788

Tribe: Stephanopini Simon, 1886

Genus: Angaeus Thorell, 1881

Crab Spider (Angaeus sp.) - DSC_4181

Singapore: Angaeus rhombifer Thorell, 1890 ♀

Crab Spider (Angaeus sp.) - DSC_2443

Singapore: Angaeus rhombifer Thorell, 1890 ♂

Genus: Borboropactus Simon, 1884

Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.) - DSC_2903

Singapore: Borboropactus sp. ♀

Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.) - DSC_5242

Singapore: Borboropactus sp. ♂

Crab spider (Borboropactus sp.) - DSC_6137

Singapore: Borboropactus sp. ♀

Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.) - DSC_8005

Singapore: Borboropactus sp. ♂

Genus: Cebrenninus Simon, 1887

Crab Spider (Cebrenninus sp.) - DSC_4735

Singapore: Cebrenninus sp. ♀

Crab Spider (Cebrenninus sp.) - DSC_0994

Singapore: Cebrenninus sp. ♂

Genus: Epidius Thorell, 1877

Crab spider (Epidius sp.) - DSC_4988

East Malaysia: Epidius sp. nov

Crab spider (Epidius sp.) - DSC_3235

East Malaysia: Epidius sp. nov

Crab spider (Epidius sp.) - DSC_4935

Singapore: Epidius sp. ♀

Crab spider (Epidius sp.) - DSC_4996

Singapore: Epidius sp. ♂

Genus: Pharta Thorell, 1891

Crab Spider (Pharta sp.) - DSC_8629

Singapore: Pharta bimaculata Thorell, 1891 ♀

Crab Spider (Pharta sp.) - DSC_4762

Singapore: Pharta bimaculata Thorell, 1891 ♂

Genus: Stephanopis O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1869

This is not an Asian genus, so placement is provisionary.

Crab spider (cf. Stephanopis sp.) - DSC_4450

East Malaysia: cf. Stephanopis sp.

Subfamily: Stiphropodinae Simon, 1886

Genus: Stiphropus Gerstäcker, 1873

Crab spider (Stiphropus ocellatus) - DSC_6701

East Malaysia: Stiphropus ocellatus Thorell, 1887 ♀

Subfamily: Strophiinae Simon, 1895

Tribe: Strophiini Simon, 1895

Genus: Strigoplus Simon, 1885

Crab Spider (Strigoplus sp.) - DSC_3061

Singapore: Strigoplus albostriatus Simon, 1885 ♀

Crab spider (Strigoplus sp.) - DSC_3879

Singapore: Strigoplus albostriatus Simon, 1885 ♂

Crab spider (Strigoplus sp.) - DSC_3437

Singapore: Strigoplus albostriatus Simon, 1885 ♀

Subfamily: Thomisinae Sundevall, 1833

Tribe: Camaricini Simon, 1895

Genus: Camaricus Thorell, 1887

Crab spider (Camaricus sp.) - DSC_4000

Singapore: Camaricus maugei (Walckenaer, 1837) ♀

Crab Spider (Camaricus maugei) - DSC_3396

Singapore: Camaricus maugei (Walckenaer, 1837) ♂

Crab spider (Camaricus cf. nigrotesselatus) - DSC_7025

Madagascar: Camaricus cf. nigrotesselatus Simon, 1895

Tribe: Diaeini Simon, 1895

Genus: Diaea Thorell, 1869

Crab spider (Diaea sp.) - DSC_2317

Madagascar: Diaea sp. ♀

Genus: Synema Simon, 1864

Crab spider (Synema diana) - DSC_4729

Mozambique: Synema diana (Audouin, 1826)

Crab spider (Synema imitator) - DSC_6066

Mozambique: Synema imitator (Pavesi, 1883)

Crab spider (Synema mandibulare) - DSC_6216

Mozambique: Synema mandibulare Dahl, 1907

Crab spider (cf. Synema sp.) - DSC_1969

West Malaysia: cf. Synema sp. ♀

Tribe: Misumenini Simon, 1895

Genus: Cyriogonus Simon, 1886

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6735

Madagascar: Cyriogonus sp. 6735

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_1144

Madagascar: Cyriogonus sp. 1144

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6793

Madagascar: Cyriogonus sp. 6793

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6964

Madagascar: Cyriogonus sp. 6964

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6767

Madagascar: Cyriogonus sp. 6767

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_0584

Madagascar: Cyriogonus sp. 0584

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_6872

Madagascar: Cyriogonus sp. 6872

Crab spider (Cyriogonus sp.) - DSC_1085

Madagascar: Cyriogonus sp. 1085

Genus: Massuria Thorell, 1887

Crab Spider (Massuria sp.) - DSC_6031

Thailand: Massuria sp. ♀

Crab spider (Massuria sp.) - DSC_3019

West Malaysia: Massuria sp. ♀

Genus: Misumenops F. O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1900

Pitcher plant crab spider (Misumenops nepenthicola) - DSC_1757

Singapore: Misumenops nepenthicola (Pocock, 1898) ♀

Pitcher plant crab spider (Misumenops nepenthicola) - DSC_1768

Singapore: Misumenops nepenthicola (Pocock, 1898) ♀

Genus: Runcinia Simon, 1875

Crab spider (Runcinia sp.) - DSC_1699

Singapore: Runcinia sp. ♀

Crab Spider (Runcinia sp.) - DSC_6682

Singapore: Runcinia sp. ♀

Genus: Thomisus Walckenaer, 1805

Crab spider (Thomisus sp.) - DSC_3845b

Singapore: Thomisus callidus (Thorell, 1890) ♀

Crab spider (Thomisus sp.) - DSC_4088

Singapore: Thomisus callidus (Thorell, 1890) ♀

Crab Spider (Thomisus sp.) - DSC_3966

Singapore: Thomisus guangxicus Song & Zhu, 1995 ♀

Crab Spider (Thomisus sp.) - DSC_3444

Singapore: Thomisus guangxicus Song & Zhu, 1995 ♂

Pitcher plant crab spider (Thomisus nepenthiphilus) - DSC_1797

Singapore: Thomisus nepenthiphilus Fage, 1930 ♀

Pitcher plant crab spider (Thomisus nepenthiphilus) - DSC_1780

Singapore: Thomisus nepenthiphilus Fage, 1930 ♀

Pitcher plant crab spider (Thomisus nepenthiphilus) - DSC_1696

Singapore: Thomisus nepenthiphilus Fage, 1930 ♂

Pitcher plant crab spider (Thomisus nepenthiphilus) - DSC_1703

Singapore: Thomisus nepenthiphilus Fage, 1930 ♂

Orchid crab spider (Thomisus sp.) - DSC_0268

East Malaysia: Thomisus sp. ♀

Orchid crab spider (Thomisus sp.) - DSC_0216

East Malaysia: Thomisus sp. ♀

Crab Spider (Thomisus sp.) - DSC_5128

Singapore: Thomisus sp. ♀

Crab Spider (Thomisus sp.) - DSC_5133

Singapore: Thomisus sp. ♀

Crab spider (Thomisus citrinellus) - DSC_2648

Mozambique: Thomisus citrinellus Simon, 1875 ♀

Crab spider (Thomisus daradioides) - DSC_6316

Mozambique: Thomisus daradioides Simon, 1890 ♀

Hairy crab spider (Thomisus granulatus) - DSC_5490

Mozambique: Thomisus granulatus Karsch, 1880 ♀

Tribe: Platythomisini Simon, 1895

Genus: Platythomisus Doleschall, 1859

Eight-spotted crab spider (Platythomisus octomaculatus) - DSC_3972

Singapore: Platythomisus octomaculatus (C. L. Koch, 1845) ♀

Eight-Spotted Crab Spider (Platythomisus octomaculatus) - DSC_5863

Singapore: Platythomisus octomaculatus (C. L. Koch, 1845) ♀

Eight-spotted crab spider (Platythomisus octomaculatus) - DSC_6920

Singapore: Platythomisus octomaculatus (C. L. Koch, 1845) ♂

Eight-Spotted Crab Spiderling (Platythomisus octomaculatus) - DSC_3501

Singapore: Platythomisus octomaculatus (C. L. Koch, 1845) Juv

Crab spider (Platythomisus sp.) - DSC_2254

Singapore: Platythomisus sp.

Red-spotted crab spider (Platythomisus sibayius) - DSC_5254

Mozambique: Platythomisus sibayius Lawrence, 1968 ♀

Tribe: Talaini Simon, 1895

Genus: Spilosynema Tang & Li, 2010

Crab Spider (Spilosynema sp.) - DSC_5310

Singapore: Spilosynema sp. ♀

Crab spider (Spilosynema sp.) - DSC_4371

Singapore: Spilosynema sp. ♂

Genus: Talaus Simon, 1886

Crab spider (Talaus sp.) - DSC_9646

West Malaysia: Talaus sp. ♀

Tribe: Tmarini Simon, 1895

Genus: Tmarus Simon, 1875

Crab spider (Tmarus sp.) - DSC_7732

West Malaysia: cf. Tmarus orientalis Schenkel, 1963 ♀

Incertae sedis

Genus: Apyretina Strand, 1929

Crab spider (cf. Apyretina sp.) - DSC_0396

Madagascar: cf. Apyretina sp. ♀

Genus: Henriksenia Lehtinen, 2004

Crab Spider (Henriksenia sp.) - DSC_8833

Singapore: Henriksenia sp. ♀

Crab spider (Henriksenia sp.) - DSC_1607

Singapore: Henriksenia sp. ♀

Genus: Lycopus Thorell, 1895

Crab spider (Lycopus sp.) - DSC_8463

Singapore: Lycopus rubropictus Workman, 1896 ♂

Crab spider (Lycopus sp.) - DSC_8469

Singapore: Lycopus rubropictus Workman, 1896 ♂

Genus: Mastira Thorell, 1891

Crab Spider (Mastira sp.) - DSC_7689

Singapore: Mastira sp. ♀

Crab spider (Mastira sp.) - DSC_4209

Singapore: Mastira sp. ♀

Unidentified

These appear close to Cyriogonus but I’m still not certain.

Crab spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_7889

Madagascar: Thomisidae 7889

Crab spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_0172

Madagascar: Thomisidae 0172

Crab spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_2752

Madagascar: Thomisidae 2752

Behaviour

Crab spider (Camaricus maugei) - DSC_7324

Singapore: Camaricus maugei (Walckenaer, 1837) &#9792 ambush

Crab spider (Thomisus sp.) - DSC_7016

Singapore: Thomisus guangxicus Song & Zhu, 1995 guarding spiderlings

Crab spiders (Thomisus sp.) - DSC_9965

Singapore: Thomisus guangxicus Song & Zhu, 1995 moulting and mating

Crab Spider (Thomisus sp.) - DSC_9089

Singapore: Thomisus guangxicus Song & Zhu, 1995 couple meal

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