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 2020): Austria to China
 male  female
Distribution List
Austria   ( no references ) ||| Hungary   ( no references ) ||| Russia, Southern   ( no references ) ||| Ukraine   ( no references ) |||

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

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

Nemenz H, Pühringer G (1973) Zur Taxonomie und Ökologie von Singa phragmiteti Nemenz 1956. Springer, Wien: 101-109

Otto S (2019) Caucasian spiders. A faunistic database on the spiders of the Caucasus Ecoregion. Database version 10.2019. Internet:

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

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

09-03-2016 Image insert
01-12-2013 Distribution update Detail