Oxytate (grass crab spiders, green crab spiders)

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Oxytate sp.  

Oxytate argenteooculata. [image N. Larsen ]


Oxytate, previously known as Dieta, is long and slender and colouration varies from pale cream to translucent green sometimes freckled with lighter spots. The female's shape and colour afford effective camouflage among grasses and stems. Oxytate rests on grass with anterior legs outstretched forward and hind legs next to the body holding on.

Text by Norman Larsen

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