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Running Crab Spider
Running Crab Spider


Running crab spiders
Running crab spiders is a family in the order spiders (Araneae) and the suborder Araneomorphae. This family is found throughout the world and comprises approximately 502 species in 29 genera. In Europe there are 25 species. The largest genus of running crab spider is Philodromus with 237 - 240 species, 16 of which are found in Europe. Other genera living in Europe are Ebo, Thanatus, Tibellus and Apollophanes.
Running crab spider - Philodromidae
Running crab spider - Philodromidae
Running crab spiders are not common. They prefer the warm climate of the subtropics. There is a particularly wide variety of species in South America. Running crab spiders are characterized by four pairs of legs of equal length, the second of which can be a bit longer.
Although running crab spiders are classed as web building spiders, they do not spin webs to catch prey. They ambush their prey and catch it on the run. They also do not build moulting or overwintering places.


Further chapters of "Running Crab Spiders"
- Philodromus dispar
- Philodromus aureolus
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1. Running Crab Spider
2. Running crab spider - Philodromidae
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