This small spider, about .75" when legs spread, has a distinct "teddy bear" image on its cephalothorax. Help with identity please. enter image description here

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This is a ground crab spider from the family thomisidae. The general identifiers for this family are that the front legs rotate outward (crab-like), the two hind legs are much shorter than the front two legs (about half the length), and there is a fairly distinctively wide eye arrangement, which is hard to make out in this photo.

I don't know if anyone will be able to narrow it down to genus from this pic alone... from its features and the geography, the possible genera are: Modysticus, Ozyptila, Xysticus.

You can browse some galleries of these here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1957/bgpage


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