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What is this?
Location: Sub-tropical rainforest area, Central Coast, Australia
December 9, 2011 10:59 pm
There’s a lot of weird bugs at my boyfriend’s house that I’ve never seen before, which is interesting because I grew up only a few kilometres away on a really similar property. Still, we saw this on the roof of my car and couldn’t figure out what on earth it is. It probably looks rather unproportionate in the picture, but each one of the long arms at the front was about 1 1/2 inches long. Not only is it creepy looking, it moves really damn quick.
Help?!
Signature: – Mel

Crab Spider

Hi Mel,
We believe this is some species of Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  We have not had any luck determining the species.

Possible Correction
Trevor sent in a comment that he suspects because of the paired front legs that this may be a Crab Spider.  There is a photo on the Brisbane Insect and Spider website that is called a Peak Crab Spider in the genus
Tmarus or Sidymella that looks very similar.  FlickR also has an image of Sidymella.

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6 Responses to Correction: Crab Spider, not Jumping Spider

  1. aussietrev says:

    Not a great photo but the “paired” front legs would have me looking more into Thomosidae than Salticidae.

  2. anneyse says:

    http://ednieuw.home.xs4all.nl/australian/thomisidae/crabspiders.html

    Runcinia acuminata

    The Australian Crab Spider website had this spider that looked similar.

  3. Michael012 says:

    If you’re going to ask me, it doesn’t look like a regular jumping spider. This is how a jumping spider looks like: http://www.jumpingspider.net/

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