Metellina merianae  (Scopoli, 1763)
Main synonym = Metellina mengei    (Blackwall, 1870)
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Arachnida / Araneae / Tetragnathidae
English name not known     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
The species is widespread in most Europe, from Malta to Great Britainm and western Europe extending as far east as Georgia.

Metellina merianae is a small spider with an abdomen of 5-8mm, but have front legs, about twice as much as the abdomen. The female has numerous white, beige, brown and black markings, making unique complex patterns. Both male and female have 2 longitudinal pale lines running at the lower side of the abdomen. Legs are yellow-brown with dark banding.

In warm Malta, it prefers making planar webs in shaded and damp areas often in cave entrances and tunnels which have water seeps. In Northern countries it have other habitats such as moors, forests and shaded ditches.

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