Scytodidae  Blackwall, 1864 / Scytodes  Latreille, 1804   12 species

Scytodes fusca  Walckenaer, 1837


Bulbus: embolus part long and narrow. Lighter coloured than females. Prosoma and legs light yellow with dark violet markings. Opisthosoma with dark transverse stripes.

Body length male: 4.0-5.5 mm

Prosoma more or less dark chestnut brown. Opisthosoma with dark transverse stripes.

Body length female: 4.4-6.0 mm
Additional information

This species of Central American origin is not native to Europe (alien species). It had been introduced to Europe at least once and did establish.

  Not established
  No data
Distribution comment: Germany and Slovakia introduced
Global distribution (WSC 2023): Northern to Southern America. Introduced to Europe, Africa, Seychelles, India, Myanmar, China, Japan, Hawaii
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.

Germany   (Šestáková et al., 2014; Blick et al., 2016) ||| Portugal   (Cardoso & Morano, 2010) ||| Slovakia   (Šestáková et al., 2014) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   (Barrientos & Febrer, 2017) |||

Barrientos J A, Febrer B (2017) Arañas (Arachnida, Araneae) de Menorca (Islas Baleares, España). Nuevos datos. Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 31: 8-24 pdf

Blick T, Finch O-D, Harms K H, Kiechle J, Kielhorn K-H , Kreuels M, Malten A, Martin D, Muster C, Nährig D, Platen R, Rödel I, Scheidler M, Staudt A, Stumpf H, Tolke D (2016) Rote Liste und Gesamtartenliste der Spinnen (Arachnida: Araneae) Deutschlands. 3. Fassung, Stand April 2008, einzelne Änderungen und Nachträge bis August 2015. Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt 70/4: 383-510 pdf

Brignoli P M (1976b) Ragni di Grecia IX. Specie nuove o interessanti delle famiglie Leptonetidae, Dysderidae, Pholcidae ed Agelenidae (Araneae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 83: 539-578 pdf

Cardoso P, Morano E (2010) The Iberian spider checklist (Araneae). Zootaxa 2495: 1-52 pdf

Ono H (2011) Spiders (Arachnida, Araneae) of the Ogasawara Islands, Japan. Memoirs of the National Museum of Nature and Science Tokyo 47: 435-470 pdf

Saaristo M I (1997c) Scytotids (Arachnida, Araneae, Scytodidae) of the granitic islands of Seychelles. Phelsuma 5 : 49-57 pdf

Šestáková A, Černecká L, Neumann J, Reiser N (2014) First record of the exotic spitting spider Scytodes fusca (Araneae, Scytodidae) in Central Europe from Germany and Slovakia. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 47: 1-6 pdf

WSC (2023) World Spider Catalog. Version 24. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (14.02.2023) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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