Tmarus (bark crab spiders)

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Tmaris sp. (bark crab spider).  

Tmaris male sp nov. (bark crab spider). [image N. Larsen ]


Long-bodied and cryptically coloured in cream to brown mottled greys, browns and black which affords camouflage on bark. Tmarus rests on a twig with anterior legs outstretched forward and hind legs tucked in next to body holding on. A world wide genus with 9 described species and 1 undescribed in South Africa. 

Text by Norman Larsen

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