Thomisidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Diaea  Thorell, 1869   2 species

Diaea livens  Simon, 1876


Tibial apophysis with V-shaped groove between the 2 processes. Embolus with angular tip. Epigyne with tongue-like protruding part. Prosoma eye region white, female: reddish (yellow-brown in alcohol), male: with 2 dark longitudinal stripes. Legs with dark annulations. Opisthosoma cream-yellow, laterally and posteriorly with red-brown pattern (vanishes in alcohol), pattern stronger pronounced in males.

Body length male: 4.2 mm
Body length female: 5.8 mm
Additional information

Almost exclusively on oaks.

Frequency: Very rarely found

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2018): Southern and Central Europe, Turkey, Caucasus, Iran. Introduced to USA

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