Taxon details

Araniella opisthographa (Kulczyński, 1905)

  • Rank: Species
  • Status: accepted
  • Described: m f
  • Last updated: 2020-01-23
  • LSID: []
  • Distribution: Europe, Turkey, Caucasus, Russia (Europe) to Central Asia, Iran
Type deposit provide information
  • Syntype: Museum and Institute of Zoology (MIZ), Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, Poland; mm ff [fig. 30 and note on p. 298, sub A. cucurbitina] (Levi, 1974b)
  • Syntype: ; 1m 4f of Araniella tbilisiensis, presumably lost (Zamani, Marusik & Šestáková, 2020)
Taxonomic references
Araneus cucurbitinus opisthographa Kulczyński, 1905b: 232, pl. 7, f. 2, 20, 23, 26 (Dmf).
Araneus cucurbitinus opisthographus Lessert, 1910b: 319, f. 171-172 (mf).
Aranea cucurbitina opisthographa Wiehle, 1931: 108, f. 165-166 (mf).
Aranea cucurbitina opisthographa Drensky, 1943: 245, f. 22 (mf).
Araneus cucurbitinus opistographus Millidge & Locket, 1952: 65, f. 7d (m).
Araneus cucurbitinus opistographus Tullgren, 1952: 172, f. 17a-c (mf).
Araneus cucurbitinus opistographus Locket & Millidge, 1953: 145, f. 98B (m).
Araneus cucurbitinus opistographus Chrysanthus, 1955a: 301, f. 1 (f).
Araneus opistographus Locket, Millidge & Merrett, 1974: 65, f. 39A-D (f, elevated from subspecies of A. cucurbitina).
Araniella cucurbitina opistographa Palmgren, 1974a: 36, f. 16e-f (mf).
Araniella cucurbitina Levi, 1974b: 298 (S, rejected).
Araniella opisthographa Punda, 1975b: 36, f. 60-61 (mf).
Araneus opistographus Blanke, 1976a: 77, f. 1b, 2b, 3b, 4b (mf).
Araneus opisthographus Blanke, 1980a: 97, f. 2, 5, 8 (mf).
Araneus opisthographus Blanke, 1980b: 225, f. 2a, 3b (mf).
Araniella opisthographa Blanke, 1982: 289, f. 3c-d, 5c-d, 6c-d, 8b (mf, removed from S).
Araniella opistographa Roberts, 1985: 216, f. 97b (mf).
Araniella opisthographa Levy, 1987: 244, f. 1-9 (mf).
Araniella opistographa Ransy, 1987: 25, f. 7, 10, 13 (mf).
Araniella opisthographa Heimer & Nentwig, 1991: 78, f. 176 (mf).
Araniella opisthographa Roberts, 1995: 328, f. (mf).
Araneus tbilisiensis Mcheidze, 1997: 280, f. 642-644 (Dmf) [].
Araniella opisthographa Roberts, 1998: 341, f. (mf).
Araniella tbilisiensis Mikhailov, 1998b: 18 (Tmf from Araneus).
Araniella opistographa Melero & Anadón, 2002: 170, f. 1-3 (m).
Araniella opisthographa Almquist, 2005: 154, f. 162a-g (mf).
Araniella opisthographa Spasojevic et al., 2016: 457, f. 2C-D, 9D, H, L (mf).
Araniella opisthographa Zamani, Marusik & Šestáková, 2020: 23, f. 2C-D, 6C-D, 7D, 8D, 9D, 10D (mf, S of Araniella tbilisiensis).

Almquist, S. (2005). Swedish Araneae, part 1 – families Atypidae to Hahniidae (Linyphiidae excluded). Insect Systematics & Evolution, Supplement 62: 1-284. download pdf download pdf -- Show included taxa

Blanke, R. (1976a). Morphologisch-ethologische Divergenzen und Anwendung des Biospecies-Konzepts bei Angehörigen der Kreuzspinnen-Gattung Araneus (Arachnida: Araneae: Araneidae). Entomologica Germanica 3: 77-82. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Blanke, R. (1980a). Die systematische Stellung von Araneus cucurbitinus maderianus Kulczynski 1905 (Arachnida: Araneae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 61: 97-102. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Blanke, R. (1980b). Die Verschiedenen bei Kreuzspinnen (Araneidae) auftretenden Bastardierungssperren. Proceedings 8. Internationaler Arachnologen-Kongress Wien 1980: 225-228. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Blanke, R. (1982). Untersuchungen zur Taxonomie der Gattung Araniella (Araneae, Araneidae). Zoologica Scripta 11(4): 287-305. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.1982.tb00540.x download pdf -- Show included taxa

Chrysanthus, P. (1955a). Notes on spiders I. Entomologische Berichten 15: 301-303. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Drensky, P. (1943). Die Spinnenfauna Bulgariens. VI. Unterordnung Arachnomorphae, II Gruppe Trionichia, Familie Euetrioidae. Bulletin des Institutions Royales d'Histoire Naturelle à Sophia 16: 219-254. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Heimer, S. & Nentwig, W. (1991). Spinnen Mitteleuropas: Ein Bestimmungsbuch. Paul Parey, Berlin, 543 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Kulczyński, W. (1905b). Fragmenta arachnologica. V. Bulletin International de l'Academie des Sciences de Cracovie 1905: 231-250. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Lessert, R. de (1910b). Catalogue des invertebres de la Suisse. Fasc. 3, Araignées. Musée d'histoire naturelle de Genève, 635 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Levi, H. W. (1974b). The orb-weaver genera Araniella and Nuctenea (Araneae: Araneidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 146: 291-316. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Levy, G. (1987). Spiders of the genera Araniella, Zygiella, Zilla and Mangora (Araneae, Araneidae) from Israel, with notes on Metellina species from Lebanon. Zoologica Scripta 16(3): 243-257. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.1987.tb00071.x download pdf -- Show included taxa

Locket, G. H. & Millidge, A. F. (1953). British spiders. Vol. II. Ray Society, London, 449 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Locket, G. H., Millidge, A. F. & Merrett, P. (1974). British Spiders, Volume III. Ray Society, London, 315 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Mcheidze, T. S. (1997). [Spiders of Georgia: Systematics, Ecology, Zoogeographic Review]. Tbilisi University, 390 pp. (in Georgian). [English version published by Otto (2014) available here] download pdf -- Show included taxa

Melero, V. X. & Anadón, A. (2002). Segunda cita para la Península Ibérica de Araniella opistographa (Kulczynski, 1905) (Araneae, Araneidae). Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 6: 169-172. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Mikhailov, K. G. (1998b). Catalogue of the spiders (Arachnida, Aranei) of the territories of the former Soviet Union. Addendum 1. KMK Scientific Press, Moscow, 48 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Millidge, A. F. & Locket, G. H. (1952). New and rare British spiders. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London 163: 59-78. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Palmgren, P. (1974a). Die Spinnenfauna Finnlands und Ostfennoskandiens. IV. Argiopidae, Tetragnathidae und Mimetidae. Fauna Fennica 24: 1-70. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Punda, H. (1975b). Pająki Borów Sosnowych. Polska Akad. Nauk, 91 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Ransy, M. (1987). Les problemes d'identification du genre Araniella (Araneidae). Nieuwsbrief van de Belgische Arachnologische Vereniging 4: 25-28. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Roberts, M. J. (1985). The spiders of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 1: Atypidae to Theridiosomatidae. Harley Books, Colchester, England, 229 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Roberts, M. J. (1995). Collins Field Guide: Spiders of Britain & Northern Europe. HarperCollins, London, 383 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Roberts, M. J. (1998). Spinnengids. Tirion, Baarn, Netherlands, 397 pp. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Spasojevic, T., Kropf, C., Nentwig, W. & Lasut, L. (2016). Combining morphology, DNA sequences, and morphometrics: revising closely related species in the orb-weaving spider genus Araniella (Araneae, Araneidae). Zootaxa 4111(4): 448-470. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4111.4.6 download pdf -- Show included taxa

Tullgren, A. (1952). Zur Kenntnis schwedischer Spinnen. I. Entomologisk Tidskrift 73: 151-177. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Wiehle, H. (1931). Spinnentiere oder Arachnoidea. 27. Familie. Araneidae. Die Tierwelt Deutschlands 23: 47-136. download pdf -- Show included taxa

Zamani, A., Marusik, Y. M. & Šestáková, A. (2020). On Araniella and Neoscona (Araneae, Araneidae) of the Caucasus, Middle East and Central Asia. ZooKeys 906: 13-40. doi:10.3897/zookeys.906.47978 download pdf -- Show included taxa

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Date Type Reference Detail
2020-01-23 New taxonomic reference entry Zamani, Marusik & Šestáková, 2020 n/a
2020-01-23 Species distribution update Zamani, Marusik & Šestáková, 2020 n/a (Old value)
2020-01-23 Species synonymy Zamani, Marusik & Šestáková, 2020 Araniella tbilisiensis synonymized with Araniella opisthographa
2016-05-26 New taxonomic reference entry Spasojevic et al., 2016 n/a