Thomisidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Xysticus  C. L. Koch, 1835   83 species

Xysticus alpinus  Kulczyński, 1887


Palp female: compact. Epigyne has only 2 independent, protruding, longish ovate, vertical, strongly sclerotised structures instead of an epigynal groove. Vulva consisting of 2 sac-like, glandular structures. Prosoma dark red-brown. Sternum brown to dark brown, longish oval, relatively densely provided with spines. Chelicerae dark brown, frontally densely spined. Legs brown to dark brown or orange-brown, distally darker, legs provided with very robust spines. Opisthosoma grey, beige to sand-brown, partly with small, yellow-brown spots. Spinnerets brown.

Body length female: 7.8-11.4 mm
Additional information

alpine grasslands, scree slopes, rock glaciers, >2000m

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2019): Alps (Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria)
 male  female

Ballarin F, Pantini P, Gobbi M (2018) Elevation to species level and redescription of Xysticus alpinus Kulczyński, 1887 stat. n. (Araneae, Thomisidae). Zootaxa 4500: 271-280 pdf

Helsdingen P J van (2010a) Araneae. In: Fauna Europaea Database (Version 2010.1), online at

Jantscher E (2001a) Revision der Krabbenspinnengattung Xysticus C.L. Koch, 1835 (Araneae, Thomisidae) in Zentraleuropa. Dissertation: 1-328 pdf

Pantini P, Isaia M (2018) Checklist of the Italian spiders (version June 2018). online at pdf

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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