Araneidae  Clerck, 1757 / Araneus  Clerck, 1757   24 species

Araneus quadratus  Clerck, 1757

Description

Male palp with deeply forked median apophysis. Epigyne with strongly widened scapus basally. Prosoma bright yellow-brown with darker margin. Sternum black, sometimes with bright median spot. Chelicerae brown. Legs light brown, darkly annulated. Opisthosoma with base colour varying form almost white via greenish yellow to luscious red-brown, but always with 4 large white spots.

Body length male: 7-11 mm
Body length female: 10.5-20.5 mm
Additional information

mostly on grass in damp meadows

Distribution
  Presence
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2018): Europe, Turkey, Central Asia to China, Japan
Phenology
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References

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Updates
08-01-2017 Image insert
25-06-2013 Distribution update Old value