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Male Philodromus aureolus
Metallic Crab Spider - Philodromus marxi, Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge, Virginia.jpg
Male metallic crab spider (Philodromus marxi)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Philodromidae
Genus: Philodromus
Walckenaer, 1826

P. aureolus
P. cespitum
P. dispar
P. fallax
P. histrio
P. margaritatus
P. rufus
P. vulgaris
 many others

c. 250 species

Philodromus is a genus of philodromid crab spiders.

Spiders in this genus are distinctively flattened.

Philodromus margaritatus

The more than 250 described species are distributed throughout the Holarctic region, with few species reaching into more southern regions. Some are found in certain parts of Africa, with sporadic species occurring up to Australia. Only one species (P. traviatus) is found in (northern) South America. 16 species occur in Central Europe.


  • Dondale, C.D. (1963). Florida Spiders in the rufus Group in the Genus Philodromus (Araneae: Thomisidae). Psyche 70:34-43 PDF
  • Platnick, Norman I. (2009): The world spider catalog, version 10.0. American Museum of Natural History.

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