Tag Archives: Thomisidae

Misumenops rapaensis Berland

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

Misumenops temihana Garb

Temehani Crab Spider (Misumenops temihana)

This crab spider species lives on the Temehani plateau on the island of Ra’iatea, where it lurks for its prey in the cover of vegetation, well camouflaged by its green coloration.

The species was scientifically described in the year 2006 and named after its typus location, which was erroneously named by the author as Temihana plateau.

The Temehani Crab Spider can also be found on Mt. Turi on the island of Huahine, Ra’iatea’s neighbor.



[1] Jessica E. Garb: A new species of thomisid spider from the Society Islands with a description of the male of Misumenops melloleitaoi (Araneae, Thomisidae). Journal of Arachnology 34: 357-367. 2006



Photo: Anne Duplouy

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