Thursday, 30 January 2014

Lynx spiders

Lynx spiders come from the family Oxyopidae. As my supervisor likes to say, they are like a cross between jumping spiders and wolf spiders. As you can imagine this makes them very hard to catch!

They don't build a web to catch prey so they have good eye sight (like jumping spiders) for catching insects on the run.
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One of their most obvious features are the spikes on their legs, but they also can have very pretty stripe patterns (which I never realised until I got them under the microscope!)

Here are the four species I've found so far: