I think the only way to tell for sure is to look at the spider's private parts under a microscope.
Again, our expertise is mostly in North American spiders. We will try and research this, but it might take a week or so before we are able to give you an answer. We thank you in advance for your patience.
I'll be damned if that is anything short of a shot in the dark tho. I wonder why they keep posting for ID's here.... I guess it's cool to see the photos at the very least.
We don't turn anyone away here. It helps us learn the spider fauna of other continents. We have to be honest in the limitations of our expertise, though.
There is a shortage of arachnological experts at Shahin's university in India, so I said that they could continue to post and we could help when possible. I've been away for a couple weeks, though, sorry for the delay.
I think this could be Olios milleti, so I'd check that species first. It's apparently fairly common and has been nicknamed the "green crab spider." You'll need this paper to check the genitalia under a microscope (I do not have it):
Sethi, V. D. & B. K. Tikader, 1988. Studies on some giant crab spiders of the family Heteropodidae from India. Records of the Zoological Survey of India misc. Publ. Occasional Papers 93: 1-94.
It might be too old to buy a print copy, but you can contact the people at the bottom of this page to ask: http://zsi.gov.in/publications/publications_list.html#b.
(Neosparassus is so far strictly an Australian genus, so probably not that.)
I have no problem with that, Mandy. I knew I was going to be away from this site for awhile, though, so I wanted Shahin to know that I wasn't ignoring his request altogether.
Oh, I totally understand! (And I've been no help lately since I was away for a few weeks...) I mostly wanted to mention it in regard to Phil's comment, just so he was in the loop, too. Shahin's first posts were a long time ago before we got a little busier, so I doubt anyone but you and I know the situation.
Plus, with the help of checklists and various papers/books from all over the world, I've been honing my overseas ID skills these past few years, growing more and more confident of being able to help on them. I think most all of us here can ID overseas spiders to family, at the very least, so no real need to turn anyone away. I love what Eric said, my sentiments exactly ("We don't turn anyone away here. It helps us learn the spider fauna of other continents. We have to be honest in the limitations of our expertise, though.")