Wall crab spider

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Wall crab spiders
Wall crab spider (Selenops insularis) male.jpg
Selenops insularis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Selenopidae
Simon, 1897

Anyphops Benoit, 1968
Garcorops Corronca, 2003
Hovops Benoit, 1968
Selenops Latreille, 1819

4 genera, 189 species

The wall crab spiders are members of the family Selenopidae. The Selenopidae are one of several families variously called crab spiders because of their laterigrade (sideways-moving) legs. This family consists of about 175 species in four genera, of which Selenops is the best known. The family is primarily tropical with the genus Anyphops confined to Sub-Saharan Africa and the genus Hovops confined to Madagascar. The spiders are very flat and are commonly found on walls or under rocks. They are quite agile, making them difficult to capture. In addition, their coloring makes them often quite difficult to see. Like almost all Entelegynae, they have eight eyes. At least one (possibly extinct) species of Garcorops, G. jadis, is known only from subfossil copal.[1]


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  1. ^ Bosselaers, J. (2004). "A new Garcorops species from Madagascar copal (Araneae: Selenopidae)" (PDF). Zootaxa. 445: 1–7. 
  • Penney, D., Ono, H. & Selden, P.A. (2005). A new synonymy for the Madagascan copal spider fauna (Araneae, Selenopidae). J. Afrotrop. Zool. 2:41-44. PDF

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