Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia), New Braunfels, TX 102408

Green Lynx (Peucetia) New Braunfels TX 102408 FrontolateralThe photo on the right was taken by Debbie, an excellent photographer with a good camera. Noticing green lynx spiders in her crepe myrtle trees in New Braunfels, Texas. she photographed them. In time, she recorded changes, and sent me the evidence. The present photo is of a female standing guard on a limb festooned with silk.  The green lynx is a member of the Oxyopidae family. The New Latin word oxyopes has Greek origins: oxy + opes, "sharp-eyed,"  This distinctive grouping of hunting spiders is similar to the Salticidae (jumpers); neither family uses webs to trap prey; both prefer similar habitats; and both behave in similar ways. Oxyopids are typically ambush predators, but some also stalk prey like cats, which explains the common name (lynx spiders) fot the genus described here. The generic name Peucetia is somewhat obscure: Blackwell applied Pasithea, one of the three Graces of Greek mythology, in 1858, but Thorell, in 1877, sought to avoid confusion with other organisms by substituting Peucetia, preserving the phonological features of Pasithea without illuminating the phenology of the spiders involved. (see Ubick et al, [2005], pg. 189-191, 314, for additional details.)  NEXT PAGE ---- PAGE MENU:  1  *  2  *  3  *  4  *  

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