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 2021): Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Romania
 male  female
Distribution List
Austria   (no references) ||| Belgium   (no references) ||| Germany   (no references) ||| Romania   (Nae, 2012) ||| Switzerland   (no references) |||

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

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

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 (2021) World Spider Catalog. Version 21.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (03.01.2021) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

26-05-2020 Distribution update Detail
12-08-2014 Image insert
15-07-2014 Distribution update Detail