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Tiny spider with jeweled green abdomen
Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 6:51 AM
I was taking pictures of two mating moths on my front door this morning when I saw this beautiful but tiny spider. The body can’t be more than 1/4″ with it’s legs it still wouldn’t be an inch. It was small and delicate but had such a great green color on its abdomen. Can you help me identify it?
Resa
Atlanta, GA

Unknown Spider

Unknown Spider

Hi Resa,
What a beautiful spider, but sadly, we don’t know what species it is.  We suspect this is a hunting spider that does not spin a web.  It has certain similarities to both Lynx Spiders in the family Oxyopidae and Jumping Spiders in the family Salticidae.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide an identification.

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2 Responses to Unknown Green Spider

  1. grev says:

    I know this spider is from the US, but it looks like something I have seen here in Australia. The legs, in particular, look like Leucage dromedaria, in the family Tetraganathidae, although the body is a different colour.

  2. mat says:

    i was in japan for a week or two earlier last year, and i saw this spider, or something very similar to it just about everywhere.
    I was in a bus, looking out the window and i was able to count about seventeen of them, in less than 5 minutes, on passing tree.
    it’s probably not the exact same spider though, because you said yours is small. the one i saw i was able to spot one up a light post from 20-30 feet away.

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