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Lehtinelagia sp. (genus)

Flower Spider or Crab Spider

Family Thomisidae.

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Lehtinelagia variabilisLehtinelagia evanida and Lehtinelagia multopunctata are impossible to tell apart in the field and even with a microscope, armed with the recent revision by Pawel Szymkowiak, hard to separate. The epigyne is small and faint, leading to most people thinking the specimen is juvenile, and the palpal organ has only subtle differences.

There may be some clue in the location - Brisbane southward and westward appear to be mostly L.multopunctata, while L. evanida seems to be a northern species, widely distributed across North Australia and New Guinea, in common with L. variabilis. However the lectotype locality of L. evanida is Brisbane, collected by Amalie Dietrich. Koch's types were from Mackay and Rockhampton. Two other species D. sticta from Papua district, western part of New Guinea Indonesia and D. haemodactyla from Mackay, were synonymised with Lehtinelagia evanida. Other specimens were collected all across Queensland and a few from northern NSW, meaning that Lehtinelagia evanida and Lehtinelagia multopunctata are definitely sympatric, meaning they occur in the same locations. Lehtinelagia evanida is only rarely found in Brisbane's west and further westward, or south of Brisbane, even though it is common at Boondall Wetlands on Moreton Bay and on Queensland islands of the Great Barier Reef. It is rare in NSW, only known form single sites Taree, Brooklama, Bryon Bay. It is known in the Noprthern Territory. Evanidus in Latin means vanishing, negligible, passing, probably referring to the barely discernable epigyne.

Lehtinelagia multopunctata is widespread in the north-eastern and eastern part of mainland Australia (Queensland, New South Wales, especially Sydney where Lehtinelagia evanida is not found) and on the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and in New Guinea. Also in one site in South Australia, one site in Western Australia and one site in Victoria. Multopunctata means many-spotted, referring to the male.

Lehtinelagia variabilis is a rare species distributed mostly in Queensland. The Latin word variabilis means variable, changeable, which may refer to the variable morphology (appearance and shape) of this species.

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Updated 16th April 2022, spider moderator.

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Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 17 Feb 2022 by AndyRussell Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Evatt, ACT - 30 Nov 2021 by TimL Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Evatt, ACT - 30 Nov 2021 by TimL Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Bungendore, NSW - 22 Oct 2021 by tpreston Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Theodore, ACT - 11 Oct 2021 by michaelb Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Cook, ACT - 4 Oct 2021 by CathB Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Hawker, ACT - 3 Oct 2021 by AlisonMilton Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Kaleen, ACT - 14 Aug 2021 by Tammy Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Higgins, ACT - 11 Jan 2021 by AlisonMilton Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Kambah, ACT - 25 Nov 2020 by Marthijn Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Macgregor, ACT - 19 Dec 2019 by Roger Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Dunlop, ACT - 20 Nov 2019 by CathB Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Deakin, ACT - 31 Aug 2019 by rawshorty Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Higgins, ACT - 26 Feb 2019 by Alison Milton Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Higgins, ACT - 10 Nov 2018 by Alison Milton Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 8 Sep 2018 by Harrisi Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Kambah, ACT - 14 Feb 2018 by MatthewFrawley Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Cotter River, ACT - 15 Dec 2017 by JudithRoach Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Evatt, ACT - 25 Nov 2017 by TimL Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Aranda, ACT - 6 Oct 2017 by CathB Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Belconnen, ACT - 5 Oct 2017 by CathB Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Paddys River, ACT - 30 Sep 2017 by Liam.m Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Symonston, ACT - 25 Aug 2017 by Mike Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Kambah, ACT - 20 Nov 2016 by RosemaryRoth Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Fadden, ACT - 18 Nov 2016 by RyuCallaway Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Wanniassa Hill - 28 Oct 2016 by RyuCallaway Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Canberra Central, ACT - 22 Oct 2016 by petersan Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Macgregor, ACT - 21 Dec 1978 by wombey
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 17 Feb 2022 by AndyRussell
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Evatt, ACT - 30 Nov 2021 by TimL
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Evatt, ACT - 30 Nov 2021 by TimL
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Bungendore, NSW - 22 Oct 2021 by tpreston
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Theodore, ACT - 11 Oct 2021 by michaelb
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Cook, ACT - 4 Oct 2021 by CathB
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Hawker, ACT - 3 Oct 2021 by AlisonMilton
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Kaleen, ACT - 14 Aug 2021 by Tammy
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Higgins, ACT - 11 Jan 2021 by AlisonMilton
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Kambah, ACT - 25 Nov 2020 by Marthijn
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Macgregor, ACT - 19 Dec 2019 by Roger
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Dunlop, ACT - 20 Nov 2019 by CathB
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Deakin, ACT - 31 Aug 2019 by rawshorty
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Higgins, ACT - 26 Feb 2019 by Alison Milton
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Higgins, ACT - 10 Nov 2018 by Alison Milton
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 8 Sep 2018 by Harrisi
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Kambah, ACT - 14 Feb 2018 by MatthewFrawley
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Cotter River, ACT - 15 Dec 2017 by JudithRoach
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Evatt, ACT - 25 Nov 2017 by TimL
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Aranda, ACT - 6 Oct 2017 by CathB
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Belconnen, ACT - 5 Oct 2017 by CathB
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Paddys River, ACT - 30 Sep 2017 by Liam.m
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Symonston, ACT - 25 Aug 2017 by Mike
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Kambah, ACT - 20 Nov 2016 by RosemaryRoth
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Fadden, ACT - 18 Nov 2016 by RyuCallaway
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Wanniassa Hill - 28 Oct 2016 by RyuCallaway
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Canberra Central, ACT - 22 Oct 2016 by petersan
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Macgregor, ACT - 21 Dec 1978 by wombey
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