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Description of Zygiella atrica (Red-sided sector spider)
Female 6 to 9.5 mm.
Abdomen yellow-brown with a goldish shine and a slightly greyer leaf-shaped figure in the middle. Anteriorly two red-brown spots which are typical for the species. Sides reddish.
Carapace yellow-brown with a black median band which is anteriorly much broader than posteriorly.
Legs faint light-dark annulated.
Palps yellow-brown with darker ends.
Male 4 to 7 mm.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female. The patellae and tarsi of the palps are remarkably long.
Mainly on shrubs and trees, sometimes on walls and rocks.
Common in the whole of Europe.