Cheiracanthiidae  Wagner, 1887 / Cheiracanthium  C. L. Koch, 1839   35 species

Cheiracanthium punctorium  (Villers, 1789)


Tibial apophysis with equally long branches. Tip of cymbium longer than 1/3 of cymbium (without cymbial spur). Vulva with medially constricted receptaculum seminis, entrance ducts distant. Prosomal length female: 3.9-7.5 mm, prosomal length male: 3.5-6.3 mm. Chelicerae male: diverging distally.

Body length male: 7.5-12 mm
Body length female: 10-15 mm
Additional information

in herbaceous and bush layer of warm, open habitats.

This species can bite humans, usually when they try to catch it or squeeze it accidentally. Bite results in an immediate burning pain, reaching its maximum intensity after 5–20 minutes and lasting for a few hours. Pain intensity was compared to a wasp sting or even stronger. The bite may cause moderate local swelling and redness. There are no necrotic skin reactions. If needed, a symptomatic medical treatment is recommended.

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Global distribution (WSC 2019): Europe, Turkey, Caucasus, Russia (Europe to South Siberia), Iran, Central Asia
 male  female

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