Lynx spiders (Family Oxyopidae)
There are only three species of lynx spiders known from Ohio. This represents about <1% of our spider species. Two of them are very common.
Characteristics of Oxyopidae:
- very high clypeus (space between eyes and jaws)
- six of the eight small eyes form a distinctive hexagon shaped arrangement at the peak of the head region
- actively jump through the vegetation, difficult to follow or capture
- legs are very spiny
- small to medium-sized spiders
We have only three species of lynx spiders, but two of them are widespread and very common. They move through low vegetation rapidly by jumping. If you get a close view, they look very spiny. The head region is elevated and has eight small eyes, with six of them forming a hexagon around the peak of the head. The other two are small and are found just a little lower on the face. Lynx spiders are active daytime hunters; most often found in fields.