Ligth brown carapace and legs, sligtly greenish. Abdomen light greenish-brown without markings except for faint cardiac mark. The eggsacks are found under stones. The species is very similar to
in general appearance and microscopic examination of the genitialia is needed to separate the species.
is a very rare species in Denmark, but in some instances specimens may have been misidentified as
Female 5-9 mm; male 5-7 mm.
Characters of genus:
The species of the genus have an unmistakable appearance. The carapace is longer than broad and narrowed in the head region. The abdomen is elongate. The anterior row of eyes is recurved while the posterior row is straight or slightly procurved. The labium is small and semicircular. The lenght of legs IV are the longest, but are just slighly longer than legs I - III. They are not active hunters, but wait in the vegetation for prey to pass by and to be grabbed. The scopulae of tarsi and metatarsi are well developed, and provide excellent adherence to slippery substrates.
Bertkau, 1872 (Giant Crab Spiders).
Characters of family:
They are characterised by flattened bodies and long legs which are more and less at right angles to the longitudinal axis of the spiders, making the spiders rather crab-like in appearance.
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Danish Spiders from A to Z