Green Crab Spider

Photo of a green crab spider on a leaf
Scientific Name
Misumessus oblongus (formerly Misumenops oblonga)
Thomisidae (crab spiders) in the order Araneae (spiders)

The green crab spider has spines, and the entire body and legs are pale green to silvery white. Sometimes it has pink markings. Like other crab spiders, its legs extend outward from the sides, and it can walk in any direction. Learn more about the green crab spider and other foliage flower spiders in their group page.

Other Common Names
Foliage Flower Spider
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About Land Invertebrates in Missouri
Invertebrates are animals without backbones, including earthworms, slugs, snails, and arthropods. Arthropods—invertebrates with “jointed legs” — are a group of invertebrates that includes crayfish, shrimp, millipedes, centipedes, mites, spiders, and insects. There may be as many as 10 million species of insects alive on earth today, and they probably constitute more than 90 percent all animal species.