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  • Metallic Crab Spider - (Philodromus marxi)

    Metallic Crab Spider - (Philodromus marxi)

    The sheen on the abdomen of the Metallic Crab Spider can be mesmerizing, if stops moving long enough for you to see it.




    Staff Writer (1/24/2014): The Metallic Crab Spider is a member of the Running Crab Spider family. They are long with skinny legs and incredibly fast. This speed allows them to escape predators as well as catch dinner. Their long front legs are about the same length as the other legs, so they don't look as much like a crab as other Crab Spiders.

    They can be found on tall grasses as well as the branches and leaves of trees and garden plants, or even roaming around on the ground.

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    Details of the:
    Metallic Crab Spider


    Category: Spider
    Common name: Metallic Crab Spider
    Scientific Name: Philodromus marxi

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Philodromidae
           Genus: Philodromus
            Species: marxi

    Size (Adult, Length): 2mm to 11mm (0.08in to 0.43in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; purple

    Additional Descriptors: metallic, small, biting, venomous


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.