This post is syndicated from Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings – Original Post
These were handheld shots taken in January of our native lynx spider. This is also a free-ranging hunter rather than web-builder, but tends to rely more on stealth and ambush than our jumping spiders. For more, please follow the link to the album
Where do they live, i.e. where would one expect to see one? Are they rare or common?
They seem to be common but patchier than in the past. One place we were at had a bed of nasturtium flowers and both myself and my preschool daughter could sit and watch the lynx spiders ranging over that. Next place was a bit too built up and had none. It is diurnal, which does make the odds of spotting one pretty good if they’re around.
In theory the species (Oxyopes gracilipes) is distributed right through NZ.
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