These fast-moving spiders are agile enough to outrun predators as well as human hands. Their camouflage coloration makes it difficult to spot them when they aren't moving.
Their front pair of legs are long, just like those of the Crab spider family, so they share part of that name though they are in a family of their own.
Common name: Running Crab Spider
Scientific Name: Philodromus spp.
Adult Size (Length): 2mm to 11mm (0.08in to 0.43in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: brown; black; tan; red
General Description: spiny, spots, crab-like
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): all of Canada; 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
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