Square-ended Crab Spider
New Zealand Status: Endemic
Conservation Status: Not Threatened
Sidymella angulata is found throughout New Zealand in native forests as well as modified habitats such as gardens. They are common in leaf litter and are often found on ferns and grasses. They come in various colours including shades of brown, grey and yellow.
Crab spiders are ambush predators rather than web builders and lie in wait for their prey with their front legs raised ready to pounce. The first two pairs of legs are the longest and are used to grab and hold prey before biting so they're powerful and strongly spined. Their common name comes from their ability to walk sideways like a crab.
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