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Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Green Lynx Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 8/1/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Green Lynx Spider  
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The ferocious-looking Green Lynx Spider pounces on its insect prey, using camouflage to ensure a catch.

As its name might suggest, the Green Lynx Spider is a bright green spider of the Lynx spider family. Appearing an almost leaf-greenish shade, the species is further complimented by orange on the legs and black dots on a gray coloring as well. The abdomen contains chevron-looking shapes to further distinguish the species. All eight legs are covered in spines, or spikes. Lynx spiders, like the feline namesake, are able to jump a distance in order to capture insect prey. They do not spin webs for ensnaring it. They do, however, use a silk dragline to catch something at a distance and bring it closer to itself. As with other species of spider, the female is larger than the male.

Natural environments for the Green Lynx Spider includes open fields, especially those with tall, grassy surroundings. Females will attach fertilized eggs in a silken sac to these tall, reedy grasses. The egg sac may look more like a tiny, smashed golf ball with spiky parts poking out, not a smooth sphere. The mother will guard her egg sac until the spiderlings hatch and immediately start hunting for their first meals.

Green Lynx Spiders are traditionally found in southern states and are also a common sight throughout Mexico.

Picture of the Green Lynx Spider
Picture of the Green Lynx Spider

Green Lynx Spider Information

Category: Spider
Common Name: Green Lynx Spider
Scientific Name: Peucetia viridans
Other Name(s): Lynx Spider

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Arachnida
    Arrow graphic Order: Araneae
     Arrow graphic Family: Oxyopidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Peucetia
       Arrow graphic Species: viridans

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 12 mm to 16 mm (0.468 inches to 0.624 inches)
Identifying Colors: green, white, yellow, black, orange
Additional Descriptors: spikes, hair, lime, pattern, biting

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Mexico

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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