Thomisidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Psammitis  Menge, 1876   9 species

Psammitis secedens  (L. Koch, 1876)


Male palp without tegular apophyses. Cymbium with S-like bent process. Tibial apophysis bipartite, ventral apophysis slender, elongated and hook-like bent on tip. Retrolateral apophysis short, very broad at base and hardly tapering toward tip. Embolus massive, ending blunt, with small spur pointing toward tegulum. Epigyne only stronger sclerotised on outer sides of epigynal groove, so that the epigynal area consists of 2 separated, C-shaped parts. Prosoma brown to dark brown or sand brown (female beige, red-brown to olive-brown), sometimes with striking, bright, fork- or U-shaped pattern, with bright (and in females additionally dark) moon-like structures. Sternum sand brown or dark brown to dark beige. Chelicerae female: brown, slightly cream meandered. Male: median transversely striped with dark brown. Legs uniformly brown to dark brown, dorsally partly with bright or dark longitudinal stripes. Opisthosoma hazelnut brown or dark brown. Female: with white margin, folium only vague or missing. Male: white on anterior margin.

Body length male: 3.8-6 mm
Body length female: 5.9-7.8 mm
Additional information

in alp meadows and feedlots near timberline in the central Alps, 1800-2200 m

Frequency: Very rarely found

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Global distribution (WSC 2020): Alps (Austria, Italy), North Macedonia

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28-07-2018 Image insert
15-04-2013 Distribution update Old value