Leptonetidae  Simon, 1890 / Leptoneta  Simon, 1872   32 species

Leptoneta proserpina  Simon, 1907


Similar to L. convexa, except the following character: Palp 1.2 mm long.


Similar to L. convexa, except the following characters: Palp: femur slightly longer than tarsus, tarsus almost as long as tibia and patella together. Eyes: surrounded with black, posteriors smaller than anteriors, posterior eyes more than 2 diameters from ALE. Legs very long, femur without spines, tibia with 3 lateral spines and one pair of apical spines, metatarsus with 2 lateral spines.

Body length female: 2.5 mm
Additional information

In caves, underground rivers.

Troglobiont species (Mammola et al. 2018)

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2019): France

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Fage L (1913) Etudes sur les araignées cavernicoles. II Revision des Leptonetidae. Arch Zool Exp Gener 10: 479-576

Helsdingen P J van (2010a) Araneae. In: Fauna Europaea Database (Version 2010.1), online at

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

Mammola S, Cardoso P, Ribera C, Pavlek M, Isaia M (2018b) A synthesis on cave-dwelling spiders in Europe. Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 56: 301-316 pdf

Simon E (1914) Les arachnides de France 6 (1). Paris (Roret): 1-308

World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.09.2019) doi: 10.24436/2

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