Hairy Crab Spider - Sidymella hirsuta


This page contains pictures and information about Hairy Crab Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Leg to leg 20mm
Most of the Crab Spiders are not hairy except this Hairy Crab Spider. It has the long hairs all around its pale brown body and legs. 
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The spider is just hardly be noticed when resting on hairy plant. 
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This is a small and hairy Crab Spider. We found its a few times in Yimbun Park near Bulimba Creek from early to mid summer. They were always found on hairy plants, although those hairy plants are very different.
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The hairy plants include Lantana. As most other Crab Spiders, it is a slow moving spider. 
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Oct 2009 on the hilltop in Anstead Forest, we found this hairy spider captured a cricket. It dropped its meal and slowly ran away after we took a few photos.  
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This time we found the spider on another hairy plant.

1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969, p56, plate105.
2. Australian Spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty Ltd, 1970, p60.
3. Sidymella hirsuta (Koch, 1873) Hairy Crab Spider -  Save Our Waterways Now. 
4. Sidymella hirsuta - he Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern Queensland, 2009. 

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