Sunday, 18 April 2010

Lynx Spider

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Featured here is a White-Lynx spider Oxyopes shweta (thanks to Kiran Srivastava from the SpiderIndia group). Lynx spiders are so called as they stalk their prey slowly before suddenly pouncing on them (like a lynx cat).

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They are generally found on low growing plants and on grass.

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A distinctive feature of the Lynx spiders are the long hairs on their legs.

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These spiders do not spin webs, instead preferring to hunt along the ground where they actively hunt.

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They spend their entire lives on on plants, flowers and shrubs.

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Although their eyesight is not as well developed as that of a jumping spider, it is quite keen and can an see their prey from a distance of up to 10 centimeters.

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Six of their eight eyes are arranged in a hexagon-like pattern, a characteristic that identifies them as members of the family Oxyopidae.

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There are several species of Lynx spiders, and I hope to encounter more of them in the coming days. Keep tuned.

1 comment:

  1. Nice Shots Tom, you've captured the spider really well in these photographs, from different angles. ;)

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