Araneidae  Clerck, 1757 / Argiope  Audouin, 1826   5 species

Argiope trifasciata  (Forsskål, 1775)


Prosoma silvery with brownish to deep brown markings. Sternum light at middle, black on sides with 4 light, shiny spots. Chelicerae with 4 denticles on promargin and 3 denticles on retromargin. Leg I brown, Legs II-IV yellowish, femora and tibiae with dark annulations. Opisthosoma: dorsum silvery with dark spots and black lines in posterior area.

Body length male: 4-5.2 mm

Opisthosoma sometimes scalloped on sides.

Body length female: 14.9-23.5 mm
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Global distribution (WSC 2019): North, Central and South America. Introduced to Africa, Portugal to Israel, Iran, China, Japan, Australia (Tasmania), Pacific Is.

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Di Pompeo P, Kulczycki A, Legittimo C M, Simeon E (2011) New records for Europe: Argiope trifasciata (Forsskål, 1775) from Italy and Malta (Araneae, Araneidae). Bull Br arachnol Soc 15: 205-208

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Levy G (1998a) Twelve genera of orb-weaver spiders (Araneae, Araneidae) from Israel. Israel Journal of Zoology 43: 311-365 pdf

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Pfliegler W A, Schönhofer A, Niedbała W, Vella P, Sciberras A, Vella A (2017) New records of mites (Acari) and harvestmen (Opiliones) from Malta with a preliminary checklist of Maltese Arachnida. Soil Organisms 89: 85-110 pdf

Ponel P, Oger P, Poher Y, Médail F (2017) Contribution à l'inventaire des araignées de l'île Cavallo (archipel des Lavezzi, Corse-du-Sud), avec une argiope nouvelle pour la fauna franҫaise, Argiope trifasciata (Forskål, 1775) (Araneae, Araneidae) Revue Arachnologique 2 4: 2-4 pdf

World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.09.2019) doi: 10.24436/2

26-08-2017 Distribution update Old value
04-06-2013 Datasheet update Old value
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