Araneidae  Clerck, 1757 / Leviellus  Wunderlich 2004   3 species

Leviellus thorelli  (Ausserer, 1871)


Male palp with only slightly projecting bulbal apophysis. Paracymbium broadly truncated distally. Epigyne with broad triangular scapus. Prosoma red-brown, margin and eye region black darkened. Sternum almost black with yellow longitudinal spot. Chelicerae dark brown. Legs red-brown, darkly annulated. Opisthosoma grey-yellow, ventrally with dark median stripe.

Body length male: 9-10 mm
Body length female: 11.5-13.5 mm
Additional information

on very warm walls

Frequency: Rarely found

  No data
Distribution comment: Record from Albania doubtful (Vrenozi, pers. comm.), therefore removed
Global distribution (WSC 2019): France, Central, Southern and South-Eastern Europe
 male  female

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World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.01.2019) doi: 10.24436/2

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20-05-2014 Distribution update Old value