|Selenopid Crab Spiders
species of large mostly tropical spiders easily recognized by their flatness
and by their eye arrangement-six in a single row.
Selenopid spiders are named after
the Greek moon goddess, Selene, due to the moon-like appearance of
Like other crab spiders, their front
legs end in two claw-like structures that help them to move sidewise.
Selenopids are common in houses and under bark or rocks; if disturbed,
they dash sideways into crevices. These spiders are harmless to humans
and, in fact, are are useful in controlling insect pests such as
mosquitoes, moths and cockroaches.