Leptonetidae  Simon, 1890 / Protoleptoneta  Deltshev, 1972   4 species

Protoleptoneta bulgarica  Deltshev, 1972


Similar to P. italica. Palp: tarsus with a shallow depression in the middle, and a small protuberance bearing a spine longer than the others. Prosoma pale yellow, 0.82 mm long. Legs yellowish, with spines. Opisthosoma pale yellow.

Body length male: 2 mm

Similar to P. italica. Palp: sickle-shaped claw with a tooth. Prosoma pale yellow, 0.73 mm long. Legs yellowish, with spines. Opisthosoma pale yellow.

Body length female: 2.1 mm
Additional information

In caves.

Troglophile species (Mammola et al. 2018)

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2021): Bulgaria
Distribution List
Bulgaria   (Blagoev et al., 2018) ||| Montenegro   (no references) ||| Serbia   (no references) |||

Blagoev G, Deltshev C, Lazarov S, Naumova M (2018) The spiders (Araneae) of Bulgaria. Version: August 2018. National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Online at (accessed on 10.9.2018) pdf

Deltshev C (1972a) A new genus of Bulgarian cave spiders (Protoleptoneta bulgarica n.g., n. sp.). International Journal of Speleology 4: 275-283 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

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

WSC (2021) World Spider Catalog. Version 22.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.09.2021) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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