Four New Records of the Orb-Weaver Spiders (Araneae: Araneidae) from Korea

  • Lee, Jun-Gi (Applied Biology Program, Division of Bio-Resource Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Lee, Jun-Ho (Applied Biology Program, Division of Bio-Resource Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Park, Sun-Jae (Animal Resources Division, National Institute of Biological Resources) ;
  • Baek, Min-Jeong (Animal Resources Division, National Institute of Biological Resources) ;
  • Kim, Sam-Kyu (Applied Biology Program, Division of Bio-Resource Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kangwon National University)
  • Received : 2022.02.10
  • Accepted : 2022.04.19
  • Published : 2022.04.30


The family Araneidae is a group of orb-weaving spiders and is one of the most diverse groups among the order Araneae. Eighty-one species belonging to 25 genera have been recorded in Korea to date. In this study, four araneid spiders in three genera, viz., Araneus mayumiae, Araneus ogatai, Cyclosa onoi, and Plebs baotianmanensis, were discovered for the first time in Korea. Additionally, Plebs yebongsanensis is removed from synonymy of Plebs sachalinensis, and treated as a new junior synonym of P. baotianmanensis, based on a morphological comparison of females of three Plebs species. Detailed descriptions of four species are provided with accompanying photographs.



The authors would like to express the greatest thanks to the Korean National Arboretum (Pocheon, Korea) for providing the specimen of Araneus ogatai collected from a Malaise trap. Special thanks go to Wonjun Lee (Shinhan University, Dongducheon, Korea) for providing the photograph of the live habitus of the species. We are also very grateful to Junho Chae and Sangwoo Kim (Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea) and Jae-Hyung Lee (Sogang University, Seoul, Korea) for their assistance with some field works. This work was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Biological Resources, funded by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) of the Republic of Korea (NIBR202002112).


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