Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Enoplognatha  Pavesi, 1880   30 species

Enoplognatha serratosignata  (L. Koch, 1879)


Male palp with distinctly elongated apophysis, radix mesally with tooth. Epigyne with elevated posterior margin. Prosoma light brown, margin and radial stripes darker. Sternum black-brown. Chelicerae brown. Legs light brown, sometimes with darker annulations. Opisthosoma blackish, ventrally unicoloured, dorsally with large, grey-yellow folium, flanked by large black spots, spots also in heart region.

Body length male: 3.6 mm
Body length female: 3.6-5.6 mm
Additional information

On sunny slopes, under stones. Altitude 2100-2500 m.

In Norway first found in dry xerothermic calcareous meadows, but later also found to be common in various other dry habitats, such as dry pine forests, open heathland dominated by exposed bedrock, south-facing screes; also man-made habitats like road-fillings. Found at quite low elevations (1000 m a.s.l. or less) compared to southern Europe.


Frequency: Quite common and widespread in central parts of Southern Norway, in areas corresponding to the driest areas in the country.

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Global distribution (WSC 2021): Europe, Caucasus, Russia (Europe to Far East), Kazakhstan, China
 male  female
Distribution List
Azerbaijan   (Otto, 2020) ||| Czechia   (no references) ||| Germany   (no references) ||| Hungary   (Samu & Szinetár, 1999) ||| Norway   (Aakra et al., 2016) ||| Russia, Eastern   (no references) ||| Slovakia   (no references) ||| Switzerland   (no references) ||| Ukraine   (Polchaninova & Prokopenko, 2019) |||

Aakra K, Morka G H, Antonson A, Farlund M, Wrånes R E, Frølandshagen R, Løvbrekke H, Furuseth P, Fjellberg A, Lemke M, Pfliegler W P, Andersen S, Olsen K M, Aadland B, Berggren K (2016) Spiders new to Norway (Arachnida, Araneae) with ecological, taxonomical and faunistic comments. Norwegian Journal of Entomology 63: 6-43 pdf

Bosmans R, Van Keer J (1999) The genus Enoplognatha Pavesi, 1880 in the Mediterranean region (Araneae: Theridiidae). Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 11: 209-241 pdf

Esyunin S L, Efimik V E (1998) Remarks on the Ural spider fauna, 8. New and unidentified species from steppe landscapes of the south Urals (Arachnida: Aranei). Arthropoda Selecta 7: 145-152 pdf

Fjellberg A (unpubl.)

Holm Å (1973) On the Spiders collected during the Swedish Expeditions to Novaya Zemlya and Yenisey in 1875 and 1876. Zoologica Scripta 2: 71-110 pdf

Le Peru B (2011) The spiders of Europe, a synthesis of data: Volume 1 Atypidae to Theridiidae. Mémoires de la Société Linnéenne de Lyon 2: 1-522 pdf

Otto S (2020) Caucasian spiders. A faunistic database on the spiders of the Caucasus Ecoregion. Database version 03.2020. Internet:

Polchaninova N Y, Prokopenko E V (2013) Catalogue of the spiders (Arachnida, Aranei) of Left-Bank Ukraine. Arthropoda Selecta (Suppl.) 2: 1-268 pdf

Polchaninova N, Prokopenko E (2019) An updated checklist of spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) of Left-Bank Ukraine. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 57: 60-64 & App pdf

Samu F, Szinetár C (1999) Bibliographic check list of the Hungarian spider fauna. Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 11: 161-184 pdf

WSC (2021) World Spider Catalog. Version 22.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.09.2021) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

Wunderlich J (1976) Zur Kenntnis der mitteleuropäischen Arten der Gattung Enoplognatha Pavesi und Robertus O. Pick. Cambridge Senckenbergiana Biologica 57: 97-112 pdf

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