Araneidae  Clerck, 1757 / Larinia  Simon, 1874   7 species

Larinia phthisica  (L. Koch, 1871)


Resembles L. jeskovi but with smaller prosoma. Coloration as in female. Sternum yellow, with large grey spots on the margins. Opisthosoma sometimes stripes absent. Chelicerae with 3 retromarginal and 4 promarginal teeth. Palp with closely separated processes of the median apophysis and with an apically divided subterminal apophysis. Prosoma length: 1.8-2.1 mm, prosoma width: 1.2-1.3 mm.

Body length male: 4.9-5.1 mm

Prosoma pale yellow, without pigmentation, except a grey stripe between posterior margin of posterior lateral eyes and medial fovea. Sternum lighter than prosoma, with 5 scarcely marked longitudinal stripes. Chelicerae with 3 romarginal and 3 retromarginal teeth. Epigyne with a narrow and long scape. Prosoma length: 2.9-3.4 mm, prosoma width: 2.0-2.1 mm.

Body length female: 9.0-9.8 mm
Additional information

This species of Asian origin is not native to Europe (alien species). It had been introduced to Europe at least once and did establish.

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Global distribution (WSC 2019): India to Bangladesh and Vietnam, Usbekistan, Turkmenistan, China, Japan, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Australia. Introduced to Greece (Crete)

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

Song D X, Zhu M S, Chen J (1999) The Spiders of China. Hebei Sci. Technol. Publ. House, Shijiazhuang, 640 pp

Tanikawa A (2009) Hersiliidae. Nephilidae, Tetragnathidae, Araneidae. In Ono, H. (ed.), The Spiders of Japan with keys to the families and genera and illustrations of the species. Tokai Univ. Press, Kanagawa, pp. 149, 403-463

World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.01.2019) doi: 10.24436/2

13-06-2016 Datasheet update Old value
09-03-2016 Image insert
05-08-2014 Image insert
05-08-2014 Distribution update Old value