Austral Crab Spider (Misumenops rapaensis)
This species is obviously the only native species within the crab spider family, that is known to occur on the Austral Islands, where it is endemic to. As far as it is known, this species occurs on the islands of Rapa, Raivavae, Rurutu and Tubuai, where it can be found at all elevations and in nearly all suitable habitats.
Compared with other species of the family, the Austral Crab Spider isn’t much variable in coloration.
It is quite possible, that the several island populations represent distinct species, furthermore the placement of the species within the genus Misumenops seems to be doubtful.
Photo: Antonio Machado; by courtesy of Antonio Machado