Oxyopes heterophthalmus

Oxyopes heterophthalmus

Oxyopes heterophthalmus is a palearctic species of lynx spider.
Oxyopes heterophthalmus  Bulgaria,Oxyopes heterophthalmus

Appearance

Male palp with dorsally directed patellar apophysis, approximately as long as male palpal tibia. Epigyne with reddish brown median part, broadly rounded anteriorly. Body colour dark brown, dorsally with whitish pattern. Legs black, with bright hairs and strikingly robust spines.

Body length male: 5-7 mm, Body length female: 5-7 mm
Lynx spider Oxyopes heterophthalmus is a long legged, diurnal hunting spider which is capable of running very fast and jumping on their prey in a similar fashion to a cat, leading to their common name of lynx spider. They do not utilise webs to catch prey. Their eyesight is not as good as that of the jumping spiders but they can see their prey from a distance of up to 10 cm.
Habitat:
Area of conifer forest mixed with grasslands near Zadar, Croatia (June 1, 2016). Croatia,Geotagged,Oxyopes heterophthalmus,Spring

Behavior

Found mainly in heathland, diurnal, mostly on vegetation, where they walk around searching for prey.

References:

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassArachnida
OrderAraneae
FamilyOxyopidae
GenusOxyopes
SpeciesOxyopes heterophthalmus
Photographed in
Bulgaria
Croatia