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Larinia (grass orb-web spiders)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthropoda > Arachnomorpha > Cheliceriformes > Chelicerata > Euchelicerata > Arachnida > Araneae > Araneomorpha > Family: Araneidae

Larinia are small, 4.5-7.5mm, nocturnal  spiders, they can be found in their orb-webs in long grass. The webs are constructed at night and removed again at first light next morning. The abdomen varies from oval to elongated, always longer than wide often marked with longitudinal dorsal stripes or bands. Larinia can be found on all continents, except Antarctica, with seven species in South Africa.

Species indigenous to southern Africa

Larinia bifida

Larinia bifida is often found in grass close to water in the Western Cape.


Larinia chloris


Larinia ishango


Larinia natalensis


Larinia obtusa


Larinia trifida


Larinia vara


Text by Norman Larsen .