Thomisidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Heriaeus  Simon, 1875   15 species

Heriaeus setiger  (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1872)


Ventral Tibialapophysis finger-shaped, apical part sharply inclined. Tip of embolus stout. Prosoma length: 1.7-2.5 mm, Prosomabreite: 1.5-2.2 mm. Body colouration white, yellowish brown or green.

Body length male: 3.5-5.6 mm

Epigyne protruding, hood-shaped. Copulatory openings sclerotized, situated near epigastric furrow. Prosoma length: 2.5-3.7 mm, Prosoma width: 2.1-3.3 mm.

Body length female: 5-9.2 mm
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Distribution comment: Ukraine: The only record of this species by Freiberg ([Фрейберг], 1897), from modern Dnipropetrovsk Area) is mentioned as doubtful by Mikhailov (1997). Freiberg’s collection is lost, and the occurrence of the species in Ukraine has not been proved by later studies. Romania: marked as doubtful (Weiss & Petrișor 1999).
Global distribution (WSC 2024): South-eastern Europe, Turkey, Middle East, Caucasus
Distribution List

"No references" does not mean that the species does not occur in this country, but that we have not yet inserted the reference for it. We are working on it.

Azerbaijan   (Otto, 2022) ||| Bulgaria   (Blagoev et al., 2018) ||| Croatia   (Milosevic, 2002) ||| France / Corsica  Removed (Loerbroks, 1983) ||| Greece   (no references) ||| North Macedonia   (Komnenov, 2014) ||| Romania   (Weiss & Petrișor, 1999) ||| Spain  Removed (Loerbroks, 1983) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (Danışman et al., 2024a) ||| Turkey (Europe)   (Demircan & Topçu, 2016) |||

Blagoev G, Deltshev C, Lazarov S, Naumova M (2018) The spiders (Araneae) of Bulgaria. Version: August 2018. National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Online at (accessed on 10.9.2018) pdf

Danışman T, Kunt K B, Özkütük R S, Coşar İ (2024a) The checklist of the spiders of Turkey. Version 2024 [last updated 01 January 2024], online at pdf

Demircan N, Topçu A (2016) First records for spider fauna of the European part of Turkey (Araneae). Serket 15: 85-91 pdf

Komnenov M (2014) Spider fauna of the Osogovo Mt. Range, Northeastern Macedonia. Fauna Balkana 2: 1-267 pdf

Lecigne S (2021a) A new species of Sintula (Linyphiidae), redescription of Brigittea innocens (Dictynidae) and eight spider species newly recorded for Turkey (Araneae). Arachnologische Mitteilungen 62: 11-34 pdf

Levy G (1973) Crab-spiders of six genera from Israel (Araneae: Thomisidae). Israel Journal of Zoology 22: 107-141 pdf

Loerbroks A (1983) Revision der Krabbenspinnen-Gattung Heriaeus Simon (Arachnida, Araneae, Thomisidae). Verhandlungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins in Hamburg (NF) 26: 85-139 pdf

Mikhailov K G (1997) Catalogue of the spiders of the territories of the former Soviet Union (Arachnida, Aranei). Zoological Museum, Moscow State University, Moscow, 416 pp. pdf

Milosevic B (2002) Aranea – Popis vrsta – Checklist. Hrvatsko entomološko društvo – Inventar entomofaune Hrvatske [Aranea – List of species – Checklist. Croatian Entomological Society – Inventory of Croatian entomofauna]. pdf

Otto S (2022) Caucasian spiders. A faunistic database on the spiders of the Caucasus Ecoregion. Database version 02.2022. Internet:

Weiss I, Petrișor A (1999) List of the spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) from Romania. Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa” 41: 79-107 pdf

WSC (2024) World Spider Catalog. Version 25.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.01.2024) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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