Leptonetidae  Simon, 1890 / Paraleptoneta  Fage, 1913   2 species

Paraleptoneta spinimana  (Simon, 1884)


Palp: tibia with one basal spine and one or 2 apical strong spines. Sternum much longer than wide. Chelicerae with a basal spine.

Body length male: 1.7 mm

Palp: femur with 5 prolateral spines, tarsal claw with 2 small teeth. Prosoma and sternum pale reddish brown. Eyes: posteriors 1.5 diameters from ALE. Chelicerae: promargin with 7 equal, contiguous teeth, retromargin with 3 small teeth. Legs pale reddish brown, without spines, except patella. Opisthosoma white.

Body length female: 1.5-2.7 mm
Additional information

Usually in caves, occasionally under large stones.

Troglophile species (Mammola et al. 2018)

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2020): Algeria, Italy
 male  female

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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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