Araneidae  Clerck, 1757 / Zygiella  F. O. P.-Cambridge, 1902   4 species

Zygiella atrica  (C. L. Koch, 1845)


Tibia of male male palp more than four times as long as wide. Epigyne with clearly visible groove. Prosoma yellowish-brown, with slender dark margin and vague dark median line. Sternum blackish, with large yellow median spot. Chelicerae brown. Legs yellow-brown, darkly annulated. Opisthosoma black, reddish, yellow and silvery patterned, ventrally with dark median stripe.

Body length male: 4.5-7 mm
Body length female: 8-9.5 mm
Additional information

mainly on free standing trees, bushes and fences

Frequency: frequent on the sea coast, rare in the mountains

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2019): Europe. Introduced to USA, Canada
 male  female

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28-06-2019 Distribution update Old value