INDEX to Spiders of Sungai Tawau
Found in : Sungai Tawau, Malaysia
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Flower Spiders are also called Crab Spider. They are small to medium size with colour of green, yellow, white brown and grey.
Crab spiders are not hairy.
Flower spiders sit on flowers waiting for prey to come along,
then ambush them and suck their juices out, as is happening above. The Flower
Spider shown below can change its ground color at will, helping it blend in with
the flowers among which it is hiding. Flower Spiders inject their prey with a
potent toxin that disables insects much larger than themselves. Flower Spiders
are part of a larger group of non-web-spinning spiders known as Crab Spiders, of
which about 130 species are known just in North America. Crab Spiders hold their
legs crablike and walk forward, backward or sideways like crabs.
They are not active hunters and make more use of the camouflage
techniques than other hunting spiders. The colour of the spider is adapted to
the hunting terrain they use. They remain unmoved until the prey arrives and
catches it. They are usually found on flowers or leaves and and will stay there
Crab spiders have eight eyes, in two rows of four, near the front edge of their head.
They can move their median eyes independently.
Legs are held in crab-like position and can move forward, backward or sideways.
Their front pair of legs are spiny and pointed to the front, prepare to attack their prey.
This Crab spider is protecting her eggs.
Most Crab Spider females guard their egg sacs but die before the eggs hatch.
More about Malaysian spiders 10-7-2009 September 13, 2014 06:31:29 PM