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Thanatus vulgaris
(Running Crab Spider)

Featured spider picture The spider species Thanatus vulgaris, commonly known as Running Crab Spider, belongs to the genus Thanatus, in the family Philodromidae. Thanatus vulgaris spiders have been sighted 2 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Thanatus vulgaris includes 2 countries and 0 states in the United States. Thanatus vulgaris is most often sighted outdoors, and during the month of January.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Philodromidae
  • Genus: Thanatus
  • Species: Thanatus vulgaris

Other Common Names

Running Crab Spider, Cricket Thief Spider


Simon, 1870

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Sightings Overview

There have been 2 confirmed sightings of Thanatus vulgaris (Running Crab Spider), with the most recent sighting submitted on August 31, 2018 by Spider ID member rickcwest. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 2 sightings because of certain Thanatus vulgaris sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 50% of the time, Thanatus vulgaris spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 2)
  • Sex: 1 female and 0 male.
  • Environment: Thanatus vulgaris has been sighted 2 times outdoors, and 1 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: High foliage (1). Forest (1).

Location and Range

Thanatus vulgaris (Running Crab Spider) has been sighted in the following countries: Canada, United Kingdom.


Thanatus vulgaris has been primarily sighted during the month of January.

  • January: 1
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  • August: 1
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Featured Pictures

Picture of Thanatus vulgaris (Running Crab Spider) - Female - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
Picture of Thanatus vulgaris (Running Crab Spider) - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
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