Thomisidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Psammitis  Menge, 1876   13 species

Psammitis bonneti  (Denis, 1938)


Palp female: densely provided with large spines. Male: without tegular apophysis. Cymbium with basally broad process. Tibial apophysis situated ventrally and with 2 lobes, the ventral one hook-shaped, the retrolateral plate-shaped. Both ends blunt. Embolus whip-like bent, with dorsally directed tip. Epigyne with ± triangular epigynal groove, laterally marked with strong chitinous wall. May vary considerably in shape. Vulva with oval to kidney-shaped transverse sacs. Partly with dark glandular secretion. Prosoma dark brown, with striking Y- or V-shaped cream coloured pattern. Female: grey to dark grey, high contrastic, split up in 3 stripes. Sternum brown to dark brown, brown at margin. Chelicerae brown to dark brown, with broad transverse stripes or beige and brown spots. Frontally with long, very fine spine. Legs dark brown, with irregular cream coloured spots. Opisthosoma black-grey, oval. Dorsally with bright, slightly sinuate leaf pattern (partly completely bright specimens, then spotted with grey). Margin white to grey. Spinnerets brown to grey-brown.

Body length male: 3.8-4.4 mm
Body length female: 4.3-5.1 mm
Additional information

in subalpine regions

Frequency: Very rarely found

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2024): France, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Russia (Urals to South Siberia), Kazakhstan
 male  female
Distribution List

"No references" does not mean that the species does not occur in this country, but that we have not yet inserted the reference for it. We are working on it.

Andorra   (Denis, 1938) ||| Austria   (no references) ||| Bulgaria   (Blagoev et al., 2018) ||| France   (no references) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Russia, Eastern   (no references) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

Blagoev G, Deltshev C, Lazarov S, Naumova M (2018) The spiders (Araneae) of Bulgaria. Version: August 2018. National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Online at (accessed on 10.9.2018) pdf

Branco V V, Morano E, Cardoso P (2019) An update to the Iberian spider checklist (Araneae). Zootaxa 4614: 201-254 pdf

Denis J (1938) A contribution to the knowledge of the spider fauna of the Andorra Valleys. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London (B) 107: 565-595 pdf

Heimer S, Nentwig W (1991) Spinnen Mitteleuropas. Paul Parey Berlin pdf

Jantscher E (2001a) Revision der Krabbenspinnengattung Xysticus C.L. Koch, 1835 (Araneae, Thomisidae) in Zentraleuropa. Dissertation, Univ. Graz, 328 pp., 81 pls. pdf

Pantini P, Isaia M (2019) the online catalog of Italian spiders, with addenda on other arachnid orders occurring in Italy (Arachnida: Araneae, Opiliones, Palpigradi, Pseudoscorpionida, Scorpiones, Solifugae). Fragmenta Entomologica 51: 127-152 pdf

Steinwandter M, Spinn J von, Thaler-Knoflach B, Seeber J (2022) Neufunde von Spinnen (Arachnida: Araneae) für Südtirol und Italien aus dem Obervinschgau. Gredleriana 22: 141-148 pdf

WSC (2024) World Spider Catalog. Version 25.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.01.2024) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

21-12-2022 Image insert
16-07-2020 Distribution update Detail