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.

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Global distribution (WSC 2022): Southern, Central Europe to Central Asia
 male  female
Females with egg sac in February and May.
Distribution List
Azerbaijan   (Otto, 2022) ||| Croatia   (no references) ||| France   (no references) ||| France / Corsica   (no references) ||| Germany   (no references) ||| Greece   (no references) ||| Greece / Crete   (no references) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sardinia   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

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