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Eurasian Grass Spider
Temporal range: Palaeogene–present
A. labyrinthica
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
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]


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.
  3. ^ "Agelena mengei". World Spider Catalog. Retrieved 23 July 2017.