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 2020): North, Central and South America. Introduced to Africa, Portugal to Israel, Iran, China, Japan, Australia (Tasmania), Pacific Is.
Distribution List
Algeria   ( no references ) ||| Cyprus   ( no references ) ||| Egypt   ( no references ) ||| France / Corsica   ( no references ) ||| Italy / Sardinia   ( no references ) ||| Italy / Sicily   ( no references ) ||| Malta   ( no references ) ||| Morocco   ( no references ) ||| Portugal   ( no references ) ||| Spain   ( no references ) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   ( no references ) ||| Tunisia   ( no references ) |||

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26-08-2017 Distribution update Detail
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