Araneidae  Clerck, 1757 / Larinia  Simon, 1874   7 species

Larinia elegans  Spassky, 1939


Male palp with small process, bent toward cymbium. Epigyne with very short scapus, not reaching beyond lateral parts. Prosoma yellow-brown. Sternum yellow-brown. Legs pale yellow, completely bright. Opisthosoma with continuous longitudinal bands, often very bright, dorsally with 3 pairs of dark spots.

Body length male: 6.8 mm
Body length female: 7.38-11 mm
Additional information

In reed belt of large, not to deep lakes.


N.B. The illustrations of the male palps are mixed-up in Marusik (1986): figures 3.3-4 show L. bonneti; f. 2.3-4 show L. elegans.

Frequency: Very rarely found

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2024): Austria to China
 male  female
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.

Austria   (Nemenz & Pühringer, 1973) ||| Czechia   (Šich & Rückl, 2020; Řezáč et al., 2021; Růžička & Řezáč, 2022a) ||| Hungary   (Samu & Szinetár, 1999) ||| North Macedonia   (Šich et al., 2023) ||| Russia, Southern   (Otto, 2022; Ponomarev, 2022) ||| Ukraine   (Polchaninova & Prokopenko, 2019) |||

Marusik Y M A (1986) A redescription of types of certain orb-weaving spiders (Araneidae, Tetragnathidae) from S. A. Spassky collection. Vestnik Zoologii 6: 19-22 pdf

Marusik Y M. (1987b) The orb-weaver genus Larinia Simon in the USSR (Aranei, Araneidae). Spixiana 9: 245-254 pdf

Nemenz H, Pühringer G (1973) Zur Taxonomie und Ökologie von Singa phragmiteti Nemenz 1956. Sitzungsberichte der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (I) 181: 101-109 pdf

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

Polchaninova N, Prokopenko E (2019) An updated checklist of spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) of Left-Bank Ukraine. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 57: 60-64 & App pdf

Ponomarev A V (2022) Spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) of the southeast of the Russian Plain: catalogue, the fauna specific features. SSC RAS Publishers, Rostov-on-Don, 640 pp. pdf

Řezáč M, Růžička V, Hula V, Dolanský J, Machač O, Roušar A (2021) Spiders newly observed in Czechia in recent years – overlooked or invasive species? BioInvasions Records 10: 555-566 pdf

Růžička V, Řezáč M (2022a) Seznam pavouků České republiky. List of spiders of the Czech Republic. Online at and pdf

Samu F, Szinetár C (1999) Bibliographic check list of the Hungarian spider fauna. Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 11: 161-184 pdf

Šich R, Komnenov M, Trajkovska M, Just P, Střeštík V, Rückl K (2023) . (2023). New records of Larinia elegans (Araneae: Araneidae) from Czechia and North Macedonia with remarks on its ecology.  65: 8-12 Arachnologische Mitteilungen 65: 8-12 pdf

Šich R, Rückl K (2020) První nález křižáka rákosového (Larinia elegans Spassky, 1939) v České republice [The first find of the reed crusader (Larinia elegans Spassky, 1939) in the Czech Republic]. Pavouk 48: 3-5 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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