Crab spider

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(Zool.) one of a group of spiders (Laterigradæ); - called because they can run backwards or sideways like a crab.

See also: Crab

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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For instance, a giant crab spider -- roughly the size of a human head -- is far more common in tropical Asian homes than we expected.
Waiting patiently (or not), a crab spider is always poised to pounce the instant an insect meal comes its way.
However, in the process of a long-term study of the crab spider Misumena vatia (Clerck, 1757) (Thomisidae) in coastal Maine, USA (Morse 1979, 2007, 2014), I maintained large populations of adult females over a 32-year period (1979-2010) that allowed me to record initial dates of oviposition for each year.
But this flower-mimicking crab spider in South America doesn't bother with that.
"Something like a rare six-eyed crab spider might have caused this kind of damage.
But the exhibition, "Through a Year Outside: Natural History Photography by Sheila Carroll,'' also has photographs of dragonflies, a goldenrod crab spider, coyotes, leaves, even a mockingbird and coyote in the same frame.
This is a book that -- like the crab spider Misumenavatia -- pounces on its unsuspecting prey, leading the reader into a startling garden of literary delight.
Xysticus acerbus is a scarce crab spider, not previously recorded in the London area.
The crab spider genus Ebo (Araneida:Thomisidae) in the United States and Canada.
Possible significance of the red patches of the female crab spider, Misumena vatia.
New crab spider (Araneae: Thomisidae) records for Turkey.
Contrasting patch choosing by anthophilous ambush predators: vegetation and floral cues for decisions by a crab spider (Misumena vatia) and males and females of an ambush bug (Phymata americana).