Sunday, 23 November 2008

Cucumber Green Spider* (Araniella opisthographa)

Adult Cucumber Green Spider* (Araniella opisthographa) at Geddington, Northants - June 2016
* This name is shared by several very similar species.

Length: 6mm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

As with many of the smaller invertibrates, this identification is somewhat tentative - there are two very similar species that can only be identifified at a very close level but opisthographa is more common near to me than cucurbitina.  Both species are notable for their distinctive green abdomen.

Related Species:
ORDER: Araneae
FAMILY: Araneidae
GENUS: Araniella
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A widespread resident.
 - Seen at Geddington.

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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