2016 Cyclosa conica

Spider of the year 2016

Cyclosa conica (Pallas, 1772)

Cyclosa conica

Cyclosa conica


Cyclosa conica (Pallas, 1772) belongs to the family of true orb-weavers (Araneidae). This family has 3,099 species world-wide, of which 131 are found in Europe. The genus Cyclosa is represented by two species in Central Europe.

Cyclosa conica is found throughout Europe. Its vertical distribution reaches to the upper montane region, about 1,600 m above sea level. The species prefers well-lit coniferous forests, where they can locally occur in high abundance. You can also find them on forest paths and in dry meadows. In Central Europe the species is not considered endangered.


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