Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Carniella  Thaler & Steinberger, 1988   1 species

Carniella brignolii  Thaler & Steinberger, 1988


Prosoma amber, 0.48 mm long. Clypeus with a haired tubercle. Opisthosoma blackish. Colulus with 2 bristles.

Body length male: 1.0 mm

Epigyne rounded, wider than long, the edge hardly sclerotized. Prosoma 0.35 mm long. Prosoma and sternum light yellow. Eyes: 6, in 2 groups on each side of prosoma. Eyes of Romanian cave specimens are completely reduced. Chelicerae light yellow, promargin with 3 teeth. Legs: tarsal claws with teeth. Opisthosoma white, with long blackish hairs.

Body length female: 0.87 mm
Additional information

Only found in a xerothermic debris block field (Austria), in riparian zone of an alpine stream (South Germany), in a quarry (Belgium), in gravel and in vineyard soil (Switzerland) and a cave in Romania as yet.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2024): Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Czechia, Romania
 male  female
Distribution List

"No references" does not mean that the species does not occur in this country, but that we have not yet inserted the reference for it. We are working on it.

Austria   (no references) ||| Belgium   (Bosmans & Van Keer, 2017) ||| Czechia   (Krásenský, 2021; Růžička & Řezáč, 2022a) ||| Germany   (no references) ||| Romania   (Nae, 2012) ||| Switzerland   (Hänggi & Stäubli, 2012) |||

Bosmans R, Van Keer K (2017) Een herziene soortenlijst van de Belgische spinnen (Araneae). Nieuwsbrief van de Belgische Arachnologische Vereniging 32: 39-69 pdf

Hänggi A, Stäubli A (2012) Nachträge zum „Katalog der schweizerischen Spinnen“: 4. Neunachweise von 2002 bis 2011. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 44: 59-76 pdf

Krásenský P (2021) Snovačka Carniella brignolii (Araneae: Theridiidae), nový druh pavouka pro faunu České republiky [Tangle-web spider Carniella brignolii (Araneae: Theridiidae), new spider species for the fauna of the Czech Republic]. Pavouk 51: 3-4 pdf

Nae A (2012) Carniella mihaili (Georgescu, 1994) – new combination of genus and description of the male (Araneae, Theridiidae). Travaux de l’Institut de Spéologie “Émile Racovitza” 51: 67-72 pdf

Růžička V, Řezáč M (2022a) Seznam pavouků České republiky. List of spiders of the Czech Republic. Online at and pdf

Thaler K, Steinberger K-H (1988) Zwei neue Zwerg-Kugelspinnen aus Österreich (Arachnida: Aranei, Theridiidae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 95: 997-1004 pdf

Thaler-Knoflach B, Hänggi A, Kielhorn K-H, Broen B von (2014) Revisiting the taxonomy of the rare and tiny comb-footed spider Carniella brignolii (Araneae, Theridiidae). Arachnologische Mitteilungen 47: 7-13 pdf

WSC (2024) World Spider Catalog. Version 25.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.01.2024) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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