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 2019): Europe to Caucasus, Iran, Russia (Europe to Altai)
Phenology
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References

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Updates
21-06-2019 Distribution update Old value
14-12-2017 Distribution update Old value
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