Pholcidae  C. L. Koch, 1850 / Artema  Walckenaer, 1837   4 species

Artema atlanta  Walckenaer, 1837


Prosoma 4.4 mm long.

Body length male: 9.4 mm

Prosoma yellowish, with darkened grooves. Prosoma  4.3 mm long. Eyes subequal in size, anterior row straight, posterior row slightly procurved. Legs with brown annulations. Opisthosoma whitish, with dark irregular spots.

Body length female: 10 mm
Additional information

In buildings.

This species is not native to Europe (alien species). It had been introduced to Europe at least once and could establish.

  Not established
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2022): North Africa, Middle East. Introduced to both Americas, tropical Africa, Britain, Belgium, Greece, Turkey, tropical Asia, China, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Pacific Is.
Distribution List
Algeria   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Belgium   (no references) ||| Egypt   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Greece   (no references) ||| Libya   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (Danışman et al., 2021a) ||| United Kingdom   (Lavery, 2019) |||

Aharon S, Huber B A, Gavish-Regev E (2017) Daddy-long-leg giants: revision of the spider genus Artema Walckenaer, 1837 (Araneae, Pholcidae). European Journal of Taxonomy 376: 1-57 pdf

Bosmans R. (unpubl.) Provisional list of spiders of North Africa. Database excerpt Aug. 2019

Brignoli P M (1981a) Studies on the Pholcidae, I. Notes on the genera Artema and Physocyclus (Araneae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 170: 90-100 pdf

Danışman T, Kunt K B, Özkütük R S (2021a) The checklist of the spiders of Turkey. Version 2021 [last updated 1 January 2021], online at pdf

Lavery A (2019) A revised checklist of the spiders of Great Britain and Ireland. Arachnology 18: 196-212 pdf

Lee P (2005) An imported pholcid in Felixstowe. Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society 102: 7 pdf

WSC (2022) World Spider Catalog. Version 23.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (21.07.2022) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

16-01-2021 Distribution update Detail
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14-03-2017 Distribution update Detail
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