Tetragnathidae  Menge, 1866 / Metellina  Chamberlin & Ivie, 1941   5 species

Metellina mengei  (Blackwall, 1869)

Description

Conductor uniformly tapering distally. Embolus relatively long. Epigyne with longish lateral parts. Vulva with 2 receptacula seminis on each side. Prosoma yellowish, often light grey with fine, black margin and Y-shaped pattern. Sternum black-brown. Chelicerae yellowish. Legs yellowish, with vague rings and spots. Opisthosoma yellowish green with pattern consisting of brown, black or reddish spots.

Body length male: 3.5-5.5 mm
Body length female: 3.5-7 mm
Additional information

Mostly in forest edges and in gardens.

Frequency: Widely distributed

Distribution
  Presence
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2021): Europe to Caucasus, Iran, Russia (Europe to Altai)
Phenology
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Distribution List
Albania   (Deltshev et al., 2011b) ||| Andorra   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Armenia   (Otto, 2020; Mikhailov & Propistsova, 2017) ||| Austria   (no references) ||| Belarus   (Ivanov, 2013) ||| Belgium   (no references) ||| Bulgaria   (Blagoev et al., 2018) ||| Croatia   (no references) ||| Cyprus   (Bosmans et al., 2019c) ||| Czechia   (no references) ||| Denmark   (no references) ||| Estonia   (no references) ||| Finland   (Koponen et al., 2016) ||| France   (no references) ||| Georgia   (Otto, 2020) ||| Germany   (no references) ||| Greece   (no references) ||| Hungary   (Samu & Szinetár, 1999) ||| Iceland   (Agnarsson, 1996) ||| Ireland   (no references) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sardinia   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sicily   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Latvia   (Cera, 2018) ||| Liechtenstein   (no references) ||| Lithuania   (no references) ||| Luxembourg   (Kreuels et al., 2019) ||| Montenegro   (no references) ||| Netherlands   (no references) ||| North Macedonia   (no references) ||| Northern Ireland   (no references) ||| Norway   (Aakra & Hauge, 2003) ||| Poland   (no references) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Romania   (no references) ||| Russia, Central   (no references) ||| Russia, Eastern   (no references) ||| Russia, Northern   (no references) ||| Russia, Southern   (Otto, 2020) ||| Russia, Western   (no references) ||| Serbia   (no references) ||| Slovakia   (no references) ||| Slovenia   (Kostanjšek & Kuntner, 2015) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Sweden   (Kronestedt, 2001) ||| Switzerland   (no references) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (no references) ||| Ukraine   (Polchaninova & Prokopenko, 2019) ||| United Kingdom   (no references) |||
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