Pholcidae  C. L. Koch, 1850 / Holocnemus  Simon, 1875   3 species

Holocnemus caudatus  (Dufour, 1820)


Palp very large, femur short and globular, tibia very convex, with long bristles, tarsus short and rounded, basally with 2 small lateral protuberances, bulb globular, almost square at its end.

Body length male: 5 mm

Palp: femur, patella and tibia darker. Sternum black. Legs yellowish, femur and tibia apically with thin white annulations. Opisthosoma twice as long as prosoma, narrow, posteriorly in the shape of a long tubercle. Opisthosoma silvery grey, with lateral, thin, dark lines, ventrally with a longitudinal wide, brown band. Spinnerets form a conical protuberance.

Additional information

In rock crevices.

Troglophile species (Mammola et al. 2018)

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Distribution comment: Record from Sicily doubtful (Pantini & Isaia 2019)
Global distribution (WSC 2019): Portugal, Spain

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28-11-2019 Distribution update Old value
05-03-2015 Image insert
10-12-2013 Distribution update Old value