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Misumenoides

Misumenoides genus of the crab spider family comprises more than 30 species spread throughout parts of South America. Misumenoides formosipes or white-banded crab spider is the most known species of this genus.

Misumenoides

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

  • Misumenoides annulipes
  • Misumenoides bifissus
  • Misumenoides blandus
  • Misumenoides carminatus
  • Misumenoides chlorophilus
  • Misumenoides corticatus
  • Misumenoides crassipes
  • Misumenoides dasysternon
  • Misumenoides decipiens
  • Misumenoides depressus
  • Misumenoides eximius
  • Misumenoides formosipes
  • Misumenoides fusciventris
  • Misumenoides gerschmanae
  • Misumenoides illotus
  • Misumenoides magnus
  • Misumenoides nicoleti
  • Misumenoides nigripes
  • Misumenoides nigromaculatus
  • Misumenoides parvus
  • Misumenoides paucispinosus
  • Misumenoides proseni
  • Misumenoides quetzaltocatl
  • Misumenoides roseiceps
  • Misumenoides rubrithorax
  • Misumenoides rubroniger
  • Misumenoides rugosus
  • Misumenoides similis
  • Misumenoides tibialis
  • Misumenoides variegatus
  • Misumenoides vigilans
  • Misumenoides vulneratus

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Female spiders are around 0.20-0.60 inches (0.50-1.5 cm) and males are 0.10-0.15 inches (0.25-0.38 cm).

Scientific Classification

Color: The males and females have a difference in color and pattern that vary from one species to another. In the white-banded crab spider, the males have a golden abdomen and dark brown legs. Whereas, for the females, the color changes from white to yellow based on their surroundings.

Other Characteristic Features: The white-banded crab spider has a white line intersecting their eyes’ plane. Simultaneously, the goldenrod crab spider has a ‘v’ marking on its back and a mask covering its eyes.

Eggs

Like most other spiders, in this genus, too the females make an egg sac, the color, and shape of which differ from one species to the other. The white-banded crab spider has a white, lens-shaped sac.

Spiderlings

Spiderlings survive on their own and reaches maturity.

The Web

They do not make webs, but hide near flowers, waiting to capture their prey.

Are Spiders of the Misumenoides Genus Venomous

They are harmless to humans, since most of the spiders have a small size, and is unable to inject their venom deep into the skin.

Quick Facts

DistributionAmerica
HabitatProbably flowers and gardens
DietHoneybees and skipper butterflies
Lifespan1-3 years

Did You Know

  • The earliest time when a species Misumenoides formosipes of this genus was identified goes back to 1837.

Image Source: Live.staticflickr.com

Misumenoides genus of the crab spider family comprises more than 30 species spread throughout parts of South America. Misumenoides formosipes or white-banded crab spider is the most known species of this genus.

Misumenoides

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

  • Misumenoides annulipes
  • Misumenoides bifissus
  • Misumenoides blandus
  • Misumenoides carminatus
  • Misumenoides chlorophilus
  • Misumenoides corticatus
  • Misumenoides crassipes
  • Misumenoides dasysternon
  • Misumenoides decipiens
  • Misumenoides depressus
  • Misumenoides eximius
  • Misumenoides formosipes
  • Misumenoides fusciventris
  • Misumenoides gerschmanae
  • Misumenoides illotus
  • Misumenoides magnus
  • Misumenoides nicoleti
  • Misumenoides nigripes
  • Misumenoides nigromaculatus
  • Misumenoides parvus
  • Misumenoides paucispinosus
  • Misumenoides proseni
  • Misumenoides quetzaltocatl
  • Misumenoides roseiceps
  • Misumenoides rubrithorax
  • Misumenoides rubroniger
  • Misumenoides rugosus
  • Misumenoides similis
  • Misumenoides tibialis
  • Misumenoides variegatus
  • Misumenoides vigilans
  • Misumenoides vulneratus

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Female spiders are around 0.20-0.60 inches (0.50-1.5 cm) and males are 0.10-0.15 inches (0.25-0.38 cm).

Color: The males and females have a difference in color and pattern that vary from one species to another. In the white-banded crab spider, the males have a golden abdomen and dark brown legs. Whereas, for the females, the color changes from white to yellow based on their surroundings.

Other Characteristic Features: The white-banded crab spider has a white line intersecting their eyes’ plane. Simultaneously, the goldenrod crab spider has a ‘v’ marking on its back and a mask covering its eyes.

Eggs

Like most other spiders, in this genus, too the females make an egg sac, the color, and shape of which differ from one species to the other. The white-banded crab spider has a white, lens-shaped sac.

Spiderlings

Spiderlings survive on their own and reaches maturity.

The Web

They do not make webs, but hide near flowers, waiting to capture their prey.

Are Spiders of the Misumenoides Genus Venomous

They are harmless to humans, since most of the spiders have a small size, and is unable to inject their venom deep into the skin.

Quick Facts

DistributionAmerica
HabitatProbably flowers and gardens
DietHoneybees and skipper butterflies
Lifespan1-3 years

Did You Know

  • The earliest time when a species Misumenoides formosipes of this genus was identified goes back to 1837.

Image Source: Live.staticflickr.com

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