Hyptiotes paradoxus (C. L. Koch, 1834)

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Description of Hyptiotes paradoxus (Triangle spider)

Physical Characteristics

Female 5 tot 6 mm.
Abdomen spotted grey brown to reddish brown haired. Often, especially in young animals present, white bands along the sides which sometimes are black outlined on top.
Carapace spotted grey-brown to reddish brown haired, sometimes with white sides.
Legs and palps spotted grey-brown to reddish brown haired. Legs remarkably short and sturdy.

Male 3.5 to 4 mm.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female. Palps strikingly large.


Mainly in pure spruce forests, but sometimes also in other plants.


Occurs in the whole of Europe.


Summer and autumn.