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Description of Xysticus lanio
Female 6 to 8 mm. Variable in colour.
Abdomen yellow-brown to reddish brown with a dark, faint, often leaf-like pattern.
Carapace dark brown with a broad light brown median band and two dark spots on the back next to this median band.
Legs and palps yellowish to reddish brown with small dark spots and annulations. First two pairs of legs are often darker than the other.
Male 4 to 6 mm.
Abdomen black with white-yellow outline and yellow-white bands on top, which create a leaf-like pattern.
Carapace dark brown with broad yellow brown median band containing an orange, triangular spot around and behind the upper eyes and a thin yellow band along the bottom edge.
Legs yellowish brown with dark spots and annulations. First two pairs of legs almost black on top and thickened.
Palps dark reddish brown with yellowish annulations.
In trees and shrubs.
Common in the whole of Europe.
Spring and summer.