Stegodyphus lineatus

Stegodyphus lineatus
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Eresidae
Genus: Stegodyphus
S. lineatus
Binomial name
Stegodyphus lineatus
(Latreille, 1817)[1]
  • Eresus lineatus Latreille, 1817
  • Eresus acanthophilus Dufour, 1820
  • Eresus unifasciatus C.L. Koch, 1846
  • Eresus adspersus C.L. Koch, 1846
  • Eresus fuscifrons C.L. Koch, 1846
  • Eresus lituratus C.L. Koch, 1846
  • Stegodyphus adspersus (Simon, 1873)
  • Stegodyphus molitor Simon, 1873
  • Eresus arenarius Kroneberg, 1875
  • Stegodyphus quadriculatus Franganillo, 1925

Stegodyphus lineatus (desert spider) is the only European species of the spider genus Stegodyphus. Male S. lineatus can grow up to 12 mm long while females can grow up to 15 mm. The colour can range from whitish to almost black. In most individuals the opisthosoma is whitish with two broad black longitudinal stripes. Males and females look similar, but the male is generally richer in contrast and has a bulbous forehead.[2] The species name refers to the black lines on the back of these spiders (not present in all individuals). S. lineatus is found in the southern Mediterranean region of Europe (south of Barcelona, in Sicily, southern Greece including Crete) and as far east as Tajikistan.

  1. ^ a b "Taxon details Stegodyphus lineatus (Latreille, 1817)", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2015-12-24
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference Bell97 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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