The spiders belonging to this family were formerly put in the
family of the Argiopidae, genus Meta. Then they became a family of their own, the Metidae, but not for very long.
Nowadays they belong to the family Tetragnathidae.
There are 5 species of this genus Metellina found in Europe.
|.Metellina segmentata||.Metellina segmentata with a fly|
|Metellina segmentata / mengei||Metellina segmentata|
The difference between the two Metellina species is very difficult to see. With Metellina segmentata the band does not extend the epigyne (genital openings of the female) in contrast to the Metellina mengei where the band extends the epigyne. Both species have a variable marking of their abdomen.
|Metellina segmentata male and female|
|Metellina mengei||Metellina mengei male|
|Metellina mengei||Metellina mengei|
From this genus Meta three species occur in our regions.
Meta merianae, Meta menardi and Meta bourneti (not shown) are larger, 10 - 16 mm, brownish spiders and prefer complete dark habitats. Therefor they occur in cellars and caves.
|Meta merianae vrouw|
|Meta merianae male|
|Meta merianae male||Meta merianae female|
|Meta menardi by Ingmar Tönnby 58º 39" N, 16º 32" E, in south east Sweden in cave|
Meta menardi by Pascal Van Acker Fort Dave, Namen
On the right the cocoon of Meta menardi.
Ed Nieuwenhuys, 7 August 2011
3 march 2007 , 5 november 2006, September 30, 2001