Thomisidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Xysticus  C. L. Koch, 1835   102 species

Xysticus bliteus  (Simon, 1875)


Prosoma and proximal joints of legs I-II almost black. Opisthosoma and legs III-IV white with black markings. Palp: ventral apophysis large, retrolateral tibial apophysis projecting outwards with S-like stem in lateral view. Tegular apophysis large, projecting downwards, tip slightly notched.


Posterior part of prosoma and legs mottled with white. Opisthosoma dorsally almost black, lighter ventrally and on sides. Epigyne: with deep violin-like depression with longitudinal slight elevation. Traversed by numerous folds.

Body length female: 5.8 mm
Additional information

In citrus groves

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2017): Mediterranean

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