Family: Thomisidae Sundevall, 1833 | key
Genus: Xysticus C. L. Koch, 1835 | key
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    Xysticus bliteus (Simon, 1875)      []
    Description male

    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.

    Description female

    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

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    Global distribution (World Spider Catalog 2017): Mediterranean

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    Levy G (1985) Araneae: Thomisidae. In Fauna Palaestina, Arachnida II. Israel Academy of Sciences and Jerusalem

    Mestre L, Piñol J, Barrientos J A, Cama A, Espadaler X (2012) Effects of ant competition and bird predation on the spider assemblage of a citrus grove. Basic and Applied Ecology 13: 355-362.

    Pantini P, Isaia M (2017) Checklist of the Italian spiders (version May 2017). online at

    Simon E (1932) Les arachnides de France 6 (4). Paris (Roret) : 773-978.

    van Helsdingen P J (2010a) Araneae. In: Fauna Europaea Database (Version 2010.1), online at

    World Spider Catalog (2017) World Spider Catalog, version 18.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at, accessed on 23.01.2017