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Spider in 4 legs

Spider in 4 legs
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Copyright: des hoi (deshoi) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 2 N: 65] (322)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-15
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Pentax K20 d, Pentax F 100/2.8 macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-16 6:35
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Points: 10
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Just to share this to TN members, hope I'm right. This is a Crab spider but I'm not sure in which family.
When I saw this spider and asked my self, is this a spider or what? It doesn't have eight legs? It was quite small (5-6mm body size) that i hardly see in detail. The best way is just take some shots and go home study.
I have seen spider been cut of all their legs when attack by other insects, this is consider lucky one.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-11-16 8:53]
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Hello Des,
thank you for posting this nature document. This is clearly a crab-spider with missing legs.
You can see that the 'coxae' of the second and third leg are still present.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Des,

It seems to me a beautiful picture full of very natural colors and a great POV and a very good focus...Good job!

And if Peter says that this is a crab spider that has lost some legs, then you can bet that's true! Peter knows all!

TFS & Regards Friend,


Hello Des! Wonderful macro, perfect contrast and sharpness, good light and colours. Original work. Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-17 3:47]
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Hello Des,
A fine macro of what is mainly the body of a species of Lynx Spider (Oxyopes spp) The POV shows the body and head features with fine sharpness and lighting.
I don't know why it should have lost 4 legs, but you can see two leg stumps on the photographed side. I can guess that this might be a male as it is small and it has escaped the larger female by sacrificing its legs!
Thanks and all the best,

His Des
Good news for the spiders: spiders can grow back their missing legs. This happens at the moment of the molting only though. Provided this one still has one more molting to go and it would survive till then, then he will knows beter days.
excellent macro shot

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