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Eurasian Grass Spider
Temporal range: Palaeogene–present
Agelena labyrinthica.jpg
A. labyrinthica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Agelenidae
Genus: Agelena
Walckenaer, 1805[1]
Type species
A. labyrinthica (Clerck, 1757)

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Agelena is a genus of agelenid spiders first described by Charles Athanase Walckenaer in 1805.[2] Sometimes referred to as Eurasian grass spiders, they trap their prey by weaving entangling non-sticky funnel webs. They are limited to the Old world, occurring from Africa to Japan. Many species have been moved to other genera, particularly to Allagelena, Benoitia and Mistaria.[1]

Agelena limbata is one of the most common web-weaving spider species in Japan.[citation needed]


As of August 2021, the World Spider Catalog accepted 46 species:[1]

Former species[edit]

Species formerly placed in the genus Agelena include:[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Gen. Agelena Walckenaer, 1805". World Spider Catalog. Natural History Museum Bern. Retrieved 2021-08-20.
  2. ^ Walckenaer, C. A. (1805). Tableau des aranéides ou caractères essentiels des tribus, genres, familles et races que renferme le genre Aranea de Linné, avec la désignation des espèces comprises dans chacune de ces divisions.