Araneidae  Clerck, 1757 / Araneus  Clerck, 1757   25 species

Araneus saevus  (L. Koch, 1872)


Prosoma dark brown, eye region brighter reddish brown, margin darkened, provided with thick, white small hairs. Sternum red-brown, unicoloured, densely haired. Chelicerae red-brown. Legs brown, more darkly annulated. Opisthosoma grey-brown, anteriorly with yellowish white longitudinal stripe, broken into a row of spots posteriorly, with dark transverse stripes near folium.

Body length male: 10.1-13.9 mm
Body length female: 9.4-19 mm
Additional information

lives in tree crowns probably

Frequency: Very rarely found

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2019): North America, Europe, Russia (Far East)
 male  female

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