crab spider

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Misumena vatia, a flower crab spider.

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From crab +‎ spider.

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crab spider (plural crab spiders)

  1. Any species of the family Thomisidae, spiders that hunt in flowers.
    • 2012, Jean Clobert, Michel Baguette, Tim G. Benton, Dispersal Ecology and Evolution:
      In temperate regions, these comprise predominantly the adults of smaller money spiders (Linyphiidae) or the juveniles of larger wolf— and crabspiders (Lycosidae, Thomisidae).

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