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Philodromus dispar (House Crab Spider)

Synonyms: Philodromus usurpatrix

Wikipedia Abstract

Philodromus dispar is a philodromid crab spider found on trees and bushes. It is an agile hunter. The female of the species is variable in size and colour. The male is shiny and iridescent black or dark brown with white edges.The spider is about 5mm long; it feeds on flies and other insects. It does not build a web, but hunts its prey by remaining stationary in ambush and awaiting prey to come near it.
View Wikipedia Record: Philodromus dispar

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Blean Complex 1286 England, United Kingdom
Fenland 1529 England, United Kingdom
Salisbury Plain 52975 England, United Kingdom
Severn Estuary/ Môr Hafren 182155 England/Wales, United Kingdom
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom
Y Fenai a Bae Conwy/ Menai Strait and Conwy Bay 65440 Wales, United Kingdom  


Prey / Diet

Musca autumnalis (face fly)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alopecosa pulverulenta1
Cercidia prominens1
Dictyna arundinacea1
Evarcha falcata1
Heliophanus flavipes1
Hypsosinga pygmaea1
Linyphia hortensis1
Linyphia triangularis (European hammock spider)1
Mangora acalypha1
Metellina mengei1
Metellina segmentata (Common Orb Weaver)1
Neriene clathrata1
Pardosa nigriceps1
Pardosa palustris1
Pardosa pullata1
Philodromus aureolus1
Philodromus cespitum1
Salticus cingulatus1
Salticus scenicus1
Tapinopa longidens1
Thanatus striatus1
Theridion varians1
Trochosa ruricola (Rustic wolf spider)1
Xysticus ulmi1


Periparus ater (Coal Tit)[1]
Tromatobia lineatoria[1]


Europe to Central Asia (USA, Canada, introduced);



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