Arachnids of North Carolina
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Xysticus ferox (Hentz, 1847) - a ground crab spider


Taxonomy
Order: ARANEAEInfraorder: AraneomorphaeFamily: ThomisidaeSynonym: X. transversatus                                                                                 
Identification
Online Description/Photos: BugGuide, Google Images, Wikipedia
Comments: Characteristically, the adult has a central dark triangle posterior to the dorsal groove of the carapace, flanked by larger, dark spots (often triangular) on the posterior declivity.
Total Length: females 6-7mm, males 5-6mm
Distribution in North Carolina
Comments: Alaska to Nova Scotia (including Sable Island), southward to Utah, Texas, and Georgia.
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Adult phenology:
 High Mountains (HM) ‚Č• 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: old field
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Abundance/Frequency: Common in NC & many other places throughout its range.
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Photo Gallery for Xysticus ferox - a ground crab spider

Recorded by: Donald Zepp
Johnston Co.
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Recorded by: Donald Zepp
Johnston Co.
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Recorded by: J. Wyche
Gates Co.
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Gates Co.
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Recorded by: B. McRae
Macon Co.
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Gates Co.
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Gates Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Burke Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Surry Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Stokes Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Avery Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Washington Co.
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Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn
Stokes Co.
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