Sparassidae  Bertkau, 1872 / Micrommata  Latreille, 1804   6 species

Micrommata virescens  (Clerck, 1757)

Description

Prosoma female: dark green, eyes margined by small white hairs. Male: dark green-olive, provided with small white hairs. Juvenile with yellow-brown prosoma with dark median and marginal stripes, anterior eye row recurved, posterior eye row slightly procurved. Posterior median eyes larger than remaining eyes. Legs very long, leg formula II-IV-I-III, legs II and IV approximately equal in length, female: dark green, male: dark green-olive, provided with white hairs. Juveniles brown with small red spots. Metatarsus and tarsus with scopula. Opisthosoma female: yellow-green with dark green tinge, sometimes yellow. Male: with striking red to red-brown median stripe, defined by yellow lateral stripes. Juveniles: brown with 2 whitish yellow longitudinal stripes and red spots.

Body length male: 7-10 mm
Body length female: 12-16.6 mm
Additional information

gradual change of colour to green in females or change of colour with final moult in males. In vegetation layer of different habitats, prefers sunny and warm conditions, active in the daytime, very quick hunter, lifespan approximately 18 months. Cocoon with green eggs between spun leaves, guarded by female

Distribution
  Presence
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2020): Europe, Turkey, Caucasus, Russia (Europe to Far East), Iran, Central Asia, China, Korea, Japan
Phenology
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lifespan approximately 18 months
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Distribution List
Albania   (no references) ||| Algeria   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Andorra   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Austria   (no references) ||| Azerbaijan   (Otto, 2020) ||| Belarus   (Ivanov, 2013) ||| Belgium   (no references) ||| Bosnia and Herzegovina   (Komnenov, 2010) ||| Bulgaria   (Blagoev et al., 2018) ||| Croatia   (no references) ||| Cyprus   (Bosmans et al., 2019c) ||| Czechia   (no references) ||| Denmark   (no references) ||| Estonia   (no references) ||| Finland   (Koponen et al., 2016) ||| France   (no references) ||| France / Corsica   (no references) ||| Georgia   (Otto, 2020) ||| Germany   (no references) ||| Greece   (no references) ||| Hungary   (Samu & Szinetár, 1999) ||| Ireland   (no references) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sardinia   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Kosovo   (no references) ||| Latvia   (Cera, 2018) ||| Liechtenstein   (no references) ||| Lithuania   (no references) ||| Luxembourg   (Kreuels et al., 2019) ||| Moldova   (no references) ||| Montenegro   (no references) ||| Netherlands   (no references) ||| North Macedonia   (no references) ||| Norway   (Aakra & Hauge, 2003) ||| Poland   (no references) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Romania   (no references) ||| Russia, Central   (no references) ||| Russia, Eastern   (no references) ||| Russia, Northern   (no references) ||| Russia, Southern   (Otto, 2020) ||| Russia, Western   (no references) ||| Serbia   (no references) ||| Slovakia   (no references) ||| Slovenia   (Kostanjšek & Kuntner, 2015) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Sweden   (Kronestedt, 2001) ||| Switzerland   (no references) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (Danışman et al., 2019) ||| Ukraine   (Polchaninova & Prokopenko, 2019) ||| United Kingdom   (no references) |||
References

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Updates
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08-06-2020 Distribution update Detail
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