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Kingdom  Animalia
Phylum  Arthropoda
Rank  Genus
Family  Thomisidae
Higher classification  Thomisidae
Order  Spider
Misumenoides httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu
Similar  Misumenoides formosipes, Thomisidae, Arachnid, Arthropod, Peucetia

White banded crab spider thomisidae misumenoides on leaf

Misumenoides is a genus of spiders in the family Thomisidae. Spiders in this family are commonly called "crab" or "flower" spiders.


The female M. formosipes, while similar to the common goldenrod spider (Misumena vatia), is not as large, and can be distinguished by the inverted 'V' marking on its back (with the point of the V closer to the cephalothorax) and the 'mask' over its eyes. In most respects this spider behaves like the goldenrod spider, also commonly hunting in goldenrod sprays in the fall. It tends to take smaller prey, however, avoiding the bumblebees and large butterflies in favor of honeybees, large flies and small butterflies such as skippers. Male M. formosipes are quite distinctive, being much smaller than females and having a greenish cephalothorax, yellow-orange abdomen, and long, red to reddish-black front legs. They are found on a wide variety of plants as they wander in search of females in late summer and early fall.


  • Misumenoides annulipes (O. P.-Cambridge, 1891) (Mexico, Guatemala)
  • Misumenoides bifissus F. O. P.-Cambridge, 1900 (Guatemala)
  • Misumenoides blandus (O. P.-Cambridge, 1891) (Guatemala, Panama)
  • Misumenoides carminatus Mello-Leitão, 1941 (Argentina)
  • Misumenoides chlorophilus (Holmberg, 1881) (Argentina)
  • Misumenoides corticatus Mello-Leitão, 1929 (Brazil)
  • Misumenoides crassipes (Keyserling, 1880) (Colombia)
  • Misumenoides dasysternon Mello-Leitão, 1943 (Chile)
  • Misumenoides decipiens Caporiacco, 1955 (Venezuela)
  • Misumenoides depressus (O. P.-Cambridge, 1891) (Guatemala)
  • Misumenoides eximius Mello-Leitão, 1938 (Argentina)
  • Misumenoides formosipes (Walckenaer, 1837) (USA, Canada)
  • Misumenoides fusciventris Mello-Leitão, 1929 (Brazil)
  • Misumenoides gerschmanae Mello-Leitão, 1944 (Argentina)
  • Misumenoides illotus Soares, 1944 (Brazil)
  • Misumenoides magnus (Keyserling, 1880) (Mexico to Colombia)
  • Misumenoides nicoleti Roewer, 1951 (Chile)
  • Misumenoides nigripes Mello-Leitão, 1929 (Brazil)
  • Misumenoides nigromaculatus (Keyserling, 1880) (Brazil)
  • Misumenoides parvus (Keyserling, 1880) (Mexico to Colombia)
  • Misumenoides paucispinosus Mello-Leitão, 1929 (Brazil, Guyana)
  • Misumenoides proseni Mello-Leitão, 1944 (Argentina)
  • Misumenoides quetzaltocatl Jiménez, 1992 (Mexico)
  • Misumenoides roseiceps Mello-Leitão, 1949 (Brazil)
  • Misumenoides rubrithorax Caporiacco, 1947 (Guyana)
  • Misumenoides rubroniger Mello-Leitão, 1947 (Brazil)
  • Misumenoides rugosus (O. P.-Cambridge, 1891) (Guatemala, Panama)
  • Misumenoides similis (Keyserling, 1881) (Brazil)
  • Misumenoides tibialis (O. P.-Cambridge, 1891) (Panama, Brazil)
  • Misumenoides variegatus Mello-Leitão, 1941 (Argentina)
  • Misumenoides vigilans (O. P.-Cambridge, 1890) (Guatemala)
  • Misumenoides vulneratus Mello-Leitão, 1929 (Brazil)
  • References

    Misumenoides Wikipedia