Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Enoplognatha  Pavesi, 1880   30 species

Enoplognatha testacea  Simon, 1884


Male palp with small, inconspicuous radix. Colouration as in female. Prosoma 1-1.4 mm long. Chelicerae with a small distal tooth, and a large basal tooth with a denticle at its base.

Body length male: 2.2-3.3 mm

Epigyne with small, round central depression. Prosoma light brown, 1-1.5 mm long. Legs light brown, unicoloured. Opisthosoma grey-brown, 3 pairs of white, irregular spots. Laterally with bright stripe, sometimes broken into spots.

Body length female: 2.4-4.1 mm
Additional information

Usually in dry habitats, garrigue, holm oak and cork oak forests, pine forests, dry grasslands, vineyards, rarely in meadows, in caves and under stones.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2019): Southern, Central Europe to Central Asia
 male  female
Females with egg sac in February and May.

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