Thomisidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Xysticus  C. L. Koch, 1835   82 species

Xysticus obscurus  Collett, 1877


Male palp with 2 striking tegular apophyses, the median is hammer-shaped with a massive prolateral branch and blunt tip, the lateral apophysis forms a partially opened tube with bevelled tip. Tibial apophysis bipartite, ventral apophysis large and square-edged, retrolateral apophysis very characteristic in lateral view with broad base and strikingly narrowed apically. Epigyne with circular epigynal groove, posterior side not dark. Vulva laterally with pocket-shaped depressions. Prosoma margined fine dark or black. Female: coloured in different velvety beige and sandy tones. Male: brown to dark brown. Cheeks in female with 3 longitudinal stripes and bright meandered in both sexes. Sternum brown or cream-beige medially and dark brown and yellow-brown on margin. Chelicerae brown proximally, beige and cream patterned distally, female: frontally with especially long spine and further robust spines, male: with long, fine spine. Legs brown to dark brown (female: sandy beige to brown beige), dorsally with fine, brown longitudinal stripes and median, white longitudinal line. Opisthosoma brown with irregular white margin and posteriorly thin, interrupted white to brown-beige transverse bands. Spinnerets brown and margined by fine white line.

Body length male: 5.8-6.8 mm
Body length female: 7.5-8.6 mm
Additional information

On shrubbery and trees, small bushes and low vegetation, only in higher levels, up to 2000 m

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Global distribution (WSC 2021): North America, Europe, Russia (Europe to Far East)
Distribution List
Austria   (no references) ||| Belarus   (Ivanov, 2013) ||| Czechia   (no references) ||| Estonia   (no references) ||| Finland   (Koponen et al., 2016) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Latvia   (Cera, 2018) ||| Lithuania   (no references) ||| Norway   (Aakra & Hauge, 2003) ||| Poland   (no references) ||| Russia, Central   (no references) ||| Russia, Eastern   (no references) ||| Russia, Northern   (no references) ||| Russia, Western   (no references) ||| Slovakia   (no references) ||| Sweden   (Kronestedt, 2001) ||| Ukraine   (no references) |||

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