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

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Global distribution (WSC 2022): Austria to China
 male  female
Distribution List
Austria   (Nemenz & Pühringer, 1973) ||| Czechia   (Šich & Rückl, 2020; Řezáč et al., 2021) ||| Hungary   (Samu & Szinetár, 1999) ||| Russia, Southern   (Otto, 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

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

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, 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 (2022) World Spider Catalog. Version 23.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (21.07.2022) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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