Arachnids of North Carolina
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Mecaphesa sp. 1 - a crab spider

Order: ARANEAEInfraorder: ARANEOMORPHAEFamily: THOMISIDAE                                                                                 
Comments: Undescribed species
Online Description/Photos: BugGuide Google, iNaturalist, Wikipedia, GBIF
Comments: Cephalothorax similar to others in the genus, abdomen pattern light below with well defined light area above speckled with dark reddish coloration and two dark reddish black spots. Diagnostic to this species is the black spot on the prolateral distal tibia 1 in both male and female.
Total Length: SmallAdult ID: identifiable by photo of specific features and/or supplementary info
Distribution in North Carolina
Comments: Records from Texas to Florida, but also up as far as Kansas.
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Adult phenology:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
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Abundance/Frequency: Uncommon.
Status in North Carolina
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 Photo Gallery for Mecaphesa sp. 1 - a crab spider

Photos: 2

Recorded by: John Petranka on 2021-10-21
Warren Co.
Recorded by: Brian Bockhahn on 2020-06-23
Wake Co.