20 July 2010

Crab or Spider?


I am quite curious about spiders from a long time and this particular species is one of my favorite. Well you already know it is a spider but doesn’t it look like a crab?

See the crab like body armor in the above picture and the claw in this picture.

31 comments:

rainfield61 said...

It is a lady spider with skirt.

Amila Kanchana said...

That spider fascinated me with it's unusual triangular shape. I only saw them in 80s around my old place in Panadura,but never again and nowhere else. May be I lost my curiosity to look as I grew up. They are quite small, aren't they? Thanks for bringing back a childhood memory. :-)

Knatolee said...

WOW! That is the coolest spider I have ever seen!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh My---made me chill just looking at that spider. I have never seen one like that.... WOW--what a spider. It does look like a crab....
Betsy

Sankara Subramanian C said...

Lovely picture! It looks more like a flying spider. But, I agree with you, spiders are truly spectacular and this one is no different!

Frieda said...

You captured the spider very well, congratulations!
(I posted a picture of a spider yesterday, by the way).
But I must confess your spider looks quite scary to me---how big is it?

George said...

This is a great macro of the spider. I'm not sure what it looks like, but that body armor is interesting.

Hoot-a-Toot said...

Wow! What a spider! Never seen one before. Is there a particular area in SL that you find them?

NicoleB, Kuwait said...

From that angle it reminds me of a moth.
What a weird fellow :)

cat said...

Absolutely great shot! The spider looks a little scary though :)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Rainfield,
ha..ha.. I didn’t notice that! :D

Amila,
Hey, Similar story! I used to see this same spider quite often long time back, (in late 80s and early 90s) but then I didn’t see it for a long time..until I captured this photo a few days before.
Yes it has a very unique triangular shape. :)

Knatolee,
Glad you like it. Yes it was one of my favorite spiders :)

Betsy,
Yes when they are magnified they look scary. It reminds some creatures in fantasy stories.

Sankara,
Yes, it has a kite like body and you feel like he is flying :)

Frieda,
I saw your spider picture. It is lovely! I captured a similar one a few months back. I have uploaded that one, here. :)

George,
Yes its body armor reminds me some kind of ski-fi space ship or a battle tank. Thanks for your comments :)

Hoot-a-Toot,
This particular one was seen in Gampaha area recently. Amila (above) mentioned it was seen in Panadura long time back. So you should be able to find them in Western Province of SL. Thanks for your comments :)

Nicole,
Yes, he is a weird spider. Thanks for your comments :)

Thanks all for your wonderful comments.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Cat,
Yes, they all look scary especially when magnified :)
Actually it is very small. - About 1.5cm from from the end of one 'claw' to the other.
Thanks for your comments.

Anjana said...

Ohh!!! Looks so scary dude … :D

BLOGitse said...

eeek! I don't like spiders even if they are small...
Great shot though! :)

silent moments said...

spider crab or crab spider? ...that is the question... ;-)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Anjana,
Yep I am glad they are so tiny. :)

BLOGitse,
Yep not a very lovable character isn't he? :D

Silent Moments,
I think crab spider should be the better name :)

Thanks all for your comments!

Naquillity said...

i've taken some spider pictures before and love how unique they can be from one to another. at first glance i thought i was looking at a butterfly/ moth but then saw the unmistakable legs of the spider. great capture. hope all is well.

betchai said...

a very unusual and unique spider.

Ratty said...

It does look kind of like a crab. Spiders are fascinating creatures, but maybe from a bit of a distance.

NicoleB said...

I've just figured what I miss in places like Kuwait and Egypt.
These Critters to take photos of :)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Naquillity,
Yes they come all shapes and colours. I'm fine and hope you are keeping well too.

Betchai,
Yes, hope I'll find more of them as I used to do.

Ratty,
Yes there are poisonous ones but this one is a very innocent one.

Nicole,
Yes, you probably won't see many critters over there.

Thanks all for your comments.

Chavie said...

Wow, that's one of the strangest spiders I've seen. And even normal spiders are pretty strange creatures! :D Nice photo K!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Chavie,
Thanks for your comments :)

Loshini said...

crader?? :S kinda looks like a moth

Kirigalpoththa said...

Loshini,
Yes, it is so unusual and doesnot look like a spider :D

Gallicissa said...

Aloha!
This is a Spiny orb-weaver Gasteracantha geminata (Fabricius, 1798).

I have a picture showing its interesting shape here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/27502715@N03/2987214560/in/set-72157618764392614/

Kirigalpoththa said...

Gallicissa,
Thanks very much for the name. Saw the picture in your flickr page. Excellent!

Harumi said...

What a rare capture! I've seen many kinds of spiders before but never a one of this sort. Totally exotic, more ET like and super scary.. =D

Kirigalpoththa said...

Harumi,
I used to see this one quite often during early 90's but later I hardly saw them. This one is after many years. So i think it is a rare spider to be seen now. Thanks for your comments.

Amila Kanchana said...

Hi Kiri, you already know I photographed one of these recently and posted in my blog. Two other spiders in that post have been identified, have a look back!  (in comments)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Hi Amila,
Good to all of them identified properly! :D