Monday, September 9, 2013

Bird-dung Crab Spider, Phrynarachne sp. (Thomisidae)

Phrynarachne spp. look somewhat like bird dung, thus they are commonly known as Bird-dung Crab Spiders, or Bird-dropping Crab Spiders.

Phrynarachne cf. ceylonica
Phrynarachne cf. ceylonica (female)
Phrynarachne cf. ceylonica
Phrynarachne cf. ceylonica (female)
Phrynarachne cf. ceylonica
Phrynarachne cf. ceylonica (female)
Phrynarachne ceylonica is distributed from Sri Lanka to China, Taiwan, Japan (http://globalspecies.org/ntaxa/92884). I presume Malaysia is included. The spider above look very much like the species P. ceylonica but the ID is not confirmed scientifically. It was found in a lowland rain-forest in Selangor, Malaysia.

The spider is a slow-moving thomisid, prefers shaded area, and does not bite. It would actively move around though when it is being photographed.