European garden spider Araneus diadematus, copyright Böhringer Friedrich.

Belongs within: Araneini.

Araneus is a genus of orb-weaving spiders including the European garden spider Araneus diadematus and related species. The name has been used in a much broader sense in the past (at its broadest, as a generic name for all spiders); many of the species listed below would now be placed in segregate genera. The type species, A. angulatus, is a widespread species in the Palaearctic region characterised by angular lateral humps on the opisthosoma, which is mostly dark with a light cross-shaped marking between the humps.

<==Araneus Clerck 1758 F11 (see below for synonymy)
    |--*A. angulatus Clerck 1757 G76
    |--A. acuminatus (K. 1871) [=Epeira acuminata] R13
    |--‘Epeira’ albomaculata Lucas 1846 E12
    |--‘Epeira’ albotriangula Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ alpica K01
    |--A. alsine Walckenaer 1802 G76 [=Epeira alsine K01]
    |--A. anantnagensis Tikader & Bal 1981 TB81
    |--‘Epeira’ anatipes Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Aranea’ angulata Linnaeus 1758 L58 [=Epeira angulata K01]
    |--‘Epeira’ annulata Koch & Keyserling 1886 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ anseripes Walckenaer 1841 [incl. Cyclosa melanura Simon 1877] KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ arenacea Koch & Keyserling 1886 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ armida K01
    |--‘Aranea’ arundinacea Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Aranea’ atrox L02a
    |--‘Epeira’ balanus Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--‘Epeira’ bertkani Koch & Keyserling 1890 KK90
    |--A. biapicatifer Strand 1907 [=Aranea biapicatifera] J98
    |--A. bicentenarius DC01
    |--‘Epeira’ bifida Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--A. bilunifer (Pocock 1900) HU08
    |--‘Aranea’ bipunctata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--A. bituberculatus (Walckenaer 1802) TB81 (see below for synonymy)
    |--‘Epeira’ bogoriensis Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--‘Epeira’ bradleyi Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--A. brisbanae (Koch 1867) PVD10 [=Epeira brisbanae KK90]
    |--A. brounii Urquhart 1844 S99 [=Aranea brouni M54]
    |--‘Aranea’ caementaria L02a
    |--‘Aranea’ calophylla Walckenaer 1802 G76
    |--‘Aranea’ calycina Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Aranea’ cancriformis Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira’ caputlupi Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--‘Epeira’ carbonaria K01
    |--A. cavaticus (Keyserling 1881) B11
    |--A. cingulatus DC01
    |--A. circe Savigny & Audouin 1825 G76 [=Epeira circe K01]
    |--‘Epeira’ circulissparsa Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Aranea’ citrea L02a
    |--‘Epeira’ collina Koch & Keyserling 1886 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ cornuta K01 (see below for synonymy)
    |--‘Aranea’ corollata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira’ cossoni Sim. 1885 K01
    |--A. cucurbitinus Clerck 1757 TB81 [=Aranea cucurbitina L58, Araniella cucurbitina G76, Epeira cucurbitina V09]
    |--‘Epeira’ cyrtarachnoides Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ dehaanii Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--A. diadematus Clerck 1757 G76 (see below for synonymy)
    |--‘Aranea’ domestica Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Aranea’ dorsalis L02a
    |--A. eburniventris MC13
    |--A. eburnus (Keyserling 1886) F11 [=Epeira eburna KK90]
    |--A. ejusmodi Bösenberg & Strand 1906 AM11
    |--‘Epeira’ enucleata Karsch 1879 K92
    |--‘Epeira’ ephippiata K92
    |--‘Epeira’ exanthematica Doleschall 1859 KK90
    |--A. exsertus MC13
    |--‘Aranea’ extensa Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira’ fastidiosa Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Aranea’ fimbriata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Aranea’ flavissima Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Aranea’ florentina L02a
    |--‘Aranea’ formicaria L02a
    |--‘Epeira’ furcifera Koch & Keyserling 1886 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ geniculata D57
    |--A. gibbosus Walckenaer 1802 G76 [=Epeira gibbosa V09, Gibbaranea gibbosa G76]
    |--A. grossus Koch 1845 G76 [=Epeira grossa K01]
    |--‘Epeira’ heroine Koch 1871 KK90
    |--‘Aranea’ heteropthalma L02b
    |--A. himalayaensis Tikader 1975 TB81
    |--‘Epeira’ himalayana Sim. 1889 K01
    |--‘Epeira’ hirsutula Stoliczka 1869 S69
    |--‘Epeira’ hispida Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--‘Aranea’ holosericea Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Aranea’ hombergii L02a
    |--‘Epeira’ idonea Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ inconspicua K01
    |--‘Epeira’ indistincta Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--‘Epeira’ inquieta Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--A. iviei DC01
    |--‘Epeira’ junghuhnii Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--‘Epeira’ kuhlii Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--‘Epeira’ labyrinthea B06
    |--‘Aranea’ labyrinthica Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira’ lancearia Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Aranea’ lapidaria L02b
    |--A. lathyrinus (Holmberg 1875) AM11
    |--‘Aranea’ levipes Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Aranea’ lineata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira lineata’ Lucas 1846 non Aranea lineata Linnaeus 1758 E12
    |--‘Epeira’ lodicula Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--A. lutulentus (Koch & Keyserling 1886) MC13, KK90 [=Epeira lutulenta KK90]
    |--‘Epeira’ malabarica D57
    |--‘Epeira’ mamillana Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ manipa Doleschall 1857 D57
    |--‘Epeira’ margaritacea Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--‘Aranea’ marginata L02a
    |--A. marmoreus Clerck 1757 G76 [=Epeira marmorea K01]
    |--‘Epeira’ mediocris Kulczyński 1901 K01
    |--‘Aranea’ melanogaster L02b
    |--A. miniatus DC01
    |--‘Aranea’ mirabilis L02a
    |--A. mitificus (Simon 1886) AM11 [=Epeira mitifica TB81; incl. Zilla nawazi Dyal 1935 TB81]
    |--‘Epeira’ moluccensis Doleschall 1857 D57
    |--A. mongolicus Simon 1895 [=Araneus (Epeira) mongolicus] S95
    |--‘Aranea’ montana Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira’ mulieraria Koch & Keyseling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ necopina Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ nigropunctata KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ nigrotarsalis Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--‘Aranea’ nocturna Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--A. nordmanni Thorell 1856 G76
    |--‘Aranea’ notata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--A. nympha Simon 1889 TB81
    |--‘Epeira’ obtusata Karsch 1892 K92
    |--‘Aranea’ ocellata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--A. omoeda Thorell 1856 [=Gibbaranea omoeda] G76
    |--‘Epeira’ orichalcea Doleschall 1857 D57
    |--‘Epeira’ packardii Thorell 1875 K01
    |--A. pahalgaonensis Tikader & Bal 1981 TB81
    |--A. panchganiensis Tikader & Bal 1981 TB81
    |--‘Epeira’ paradoxa Lucas 1846 E12
    |--A. pegnia DC01
    |--‘Epeira’ phthisica KK90
    |--‘Aranea’ pluchii L02a
    |--A. potanini Simon 1895 [=Araneus (Epeira) potanini] S95
    |--A. pratensis DC01
    |--‘Epeira’ proxima K01
    |--‘Epeira’ psittacina Koch in Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ pyramidata K92
    |--A. quadratus Clerck 1757 G76 [=Epeira quadrata K01]
    |--‘Aranea’ quadripunctata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Aranea’ quattuorguttata [incl. A. cinnaberina] L02a
    |--‘Epeira’ quaesita Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ queribunda Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ quieta Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ rabiosula Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ radja Doleschall 1857 D57
    |--‘Epeira’ ramulosa Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ rara Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Aranea’ raui Strand 1907 J98
    |--‘Aranea’ recherchensis Main 1954 M54
    |--‘Aranea’ redimita Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Aranea’ relucens L02a
    |--‘Aranea’ reticulata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira’ rhodosternon Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--A. rhombocephalus MC13
    |--‘Aranea’ riparia Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira’ rotundula Koch in Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ rubicundula Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Aranea’ rufipes Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Aranea’ rupestris Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--A. saevus Koch 1872 G76 [=Epeira saeva K01]
    |--‘Aranea’ scenica Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira’ scutifera Koch & Keyserling 1886 KK90
    |--‘Aranea’ senoculata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira’ sericea S69
    |--‘Aranea’ sexpunctata Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Aranea’ smaragdula L02b
    |--‘Epeira’ solitaria K01
    |--‘Epeira’ spectabilis Doleschall 1859 D59
    |--‘Aranea’ spinosa Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira’ squamifera Koch & Keyserling 1886 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ stigmatisata Karsch 1878 K92
    |--‘Epeira’ stolida Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--A. sturmi V09
    |--A. sublutia (Urquhart 1892) [=Epeira sublutia] NS00
    |--‘Epeira’ suspicax Cambridge 1876 K01
    |--‘Epeira’ sydneyica Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ tabida KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ talipedata Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--A. tartaricus [=A. (Epeira) tartaricus] S95
    |--‘Epeira’ theodori Thorell 1894 [=E. (Singa) theodori] T94
    |--‘Epeira’ thomisoides Duf. 1855 K92
    |--‘Aranea’ thoracica L02b
    |--A. transmarinus (Keyserling 1865) G84, KK90 [=Epeira transmarina KK90; incl. E. producta Koch 1867 KK90]
    |--A. trifolium DC01
    |--‘Epeira’ trituberculata Lucas 1846 E12
    |--‘Aranea’ truncorum Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--A. ullrichi (Hahn 1834) [=Epeira ullrichii, Gibbaranea ullrichii] G76
    |--A. undatus V09
    |--‘Epeira’ unicolor Doleschall 1857 D57
    |--‘Epeira’ urbana Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ usualis Koch & Keyserling 1887 KK90
    |--‘Epeira’ vallata Koch & Keyserling 1886 KK90
    |--A. ventricosus (Koch 1878) AM11 (see below for synonymy)
    |--A. verrucosus (Walckenaer 1841) [=Epeira verrucosa] S99
    |--‘Aranea’ viatica Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira’ victoria K01
    |--‘Aranea’ virescens Linnaeus 1758 L58
    |--‘Epeira’ viriditus M54
    |--‘Epeira’ westringii K01
    `--‘Epeira’ wittfeldae B06

Araneus Clerck 1758 F11 [incl. Aranea Linnaeus 1758 G76, Burgessia McCook 1894 TB81, Conepeira Archer 1951 TB81, Epeira Latreille 1810 G76, Gibbaranea Archer 1951 G76, Neopora Simon 1864 TB81]

Araneus bituberculatus (Walckenaer 1802) TB81 [=Aranea bituberculata TB81, *Gibbaranea bituberculata G76; incl. Aranea alboarcuata Panzer 1804 TB81, Epeira bicornis Menge 1866 TB81, E. dromedaria Koch 1845 TB81, Araneus dromedarius TB81]

Araneus diadematus Clerck 1757 G76 [=Araneus (Epeira) diadematus S95, Epeira diademata K01; incl. *Aranea diadema Linnaeus 1758 G76, *Epeira diadema G76]

Araneus ventricosus (Koch 1878) AM11 [=Epeira ventricosa K01; incl. E. senta Karsch 1879 K01, Araneus (Epeira) sentus S95]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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