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Platythomisus sp. under UV light by melvynyeo Platythomisus sp. under UV light by melvynyeo
Platythomisus sp. Crab spider fluorescence under UV light. Not a common spider here.
Taken at night in Singapore forest.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crab_spi…
Thomisidae do not build webs to trap prey, though all of them produce silk for drop lines and sundry reproductive purposes; some are wandering hunters and the most widely known are ambush predators. Some species sit on or beside flowers or fruit, where they grab visiting insects. Individuals of some species, such as Misumena vatia, are able to change color over a period of some days, to match the flower on which they are sitting. Some species frequent promising positions among leaves or bark, where they await prey, and some of them will sit in the open, where they are startlingly good mimics of bird droppings. However, note that these members of the family Thomisidae are not to be confused with the spiders that generally are called bird dropping spiders, not all of which are close relatives of crab spiders.

Other species of crab spiders with flattened bodies, either hunt in the crevices of tree trunks or under loose bark, or shelter under such crevices by day, and come out at night to hunt. Members of the genus Xysticus hunt in the leaf litter on the ground. In each case, crab spiders use their powerful front legs to grab and hold on to prey while paralyzing it with a venomous bite.

The spider family Aphantochilidae was incorporated into the Thomisidae in the late 1980s. Aphantochilus species mimic Cephalotes ants, on which they prey.

The spiders of Thomisidae are not known to be harmful to humans. However, spiders of an unrelated genus, Sicarius, which are sometimes referred to as "crab spiders", or "six-eyed crab spiders", are close cousins to the recluse spiders, and are highly venomous, though human bites are rare.
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Supider Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Colorful!
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Siiiiick. I am a dummy! 
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FiremanHippie Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Student General Artist
It looks beautiful, but that gives me the F$#!ing CREEPS!!!
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Saddust Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
Speechless before this beautiful shot... Would be interesting to have the same with natural light, to compare.
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nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful!!
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amazing!
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TiarmarieRose Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
that is some color..wow..Tia
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Whoa...looks like something out of a comic book!
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linpo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
So cool!  Makes me think of the scorpions that glow under UV light.
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just wow, such colors!
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SynezAnWundaz Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful colors! Lovely shot.
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ZoevanRumt Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
very cool! love the colors!
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NdrN Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Great shot!
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WanderingMogwai Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015   Photographer
Your work is an inspiration to me!  How do you find your subjects at night the way you do?  AND you shoot them beautifully!
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JoergJohannMueller Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning. Wonderful work!
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Seapopcorney Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
looks super cool and poisonous! 8-D
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