Synema (masked crab spiders)
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Synema has a green to brown prosoma (cephalothorax -
anterior body segment including legs) and cream round to oval abdomen adorned
with what looks like a brown skull. This colouration affords a good camouflage
in vegetation. Synema is more active in its prey capture as it hides
amongst the vegetation and dashes out to surprise an unsuspecting insect.
|Synema sp. This species
appears to be intermediate between Synema and Diaea.
[image N. Larsen ©]
||Synema imitator. with bee prey. [image
N. Larsen ©]