Pholcidae  C. L. Koch, 1850 / Micropholcus  Deeleman-Reinhold & Prinsen, 1987   3 species

Micropholcus fauroti  (Simon, 1887)


8 eyes. Pale. Thoracic groove shallow, inconspicuous. Legs long, femur I about 2x body length. Male procursus with characteristic dorsal projection.

Body length male: 2.4 mm

8 eyes. Thoracic groove shallow, inconspicuous. Legs long, femur I about 1.5 times body length. Epigyne: Unsclerotized, with distinctive internal crescentshaped structure visible through cuticle anteriorly.

Body length female: 2.7 mm
Additional information

Often in and on buildings.

This species of Asian (Middle East) origin is not native to Europe (alien species). It had been introduced into Europe and did establish.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2020): Temperate Asia. Introduced to both Americas, Belgium, Germany, Africa, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, Australia, Pacific Is.
Distribution List
Belgium   (Van Keer & Van Keer, 2001) ||| Germany   (Huber et al., 2017) ||| Libya   (Bosmans, unpubl.) |||

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

Huber B A (2011) Revision and cladistic analysis of Pholcus and closely related taxa (Araneae, Pholcidae). Bonner Zoologische Monographien 58: 1-509 pdf

Huber B A, Neumann J, Grabolle A, Hula V (2017) Aliens in Europe: updates on the distributions of Modisimus culicinus and Micropholcus fauroti (Araneae, Pholcidae). Arachnologische Mitteilungen 53: 12-18 pdf

Van Keer K, Van Keer J (2001) Ingeburgerde exotische trilspinnen (Araneae: Pholcidae) in Antwerpse haven en enkele algemene bedenkingen bij spinnenmigratie. Nieuwsbrief van de Belgische Arachnologische Vereniging 16: 81-86 pdf

World Spider Catalog (2020) World Spider Catalog. Version 21.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.03.2020) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

02-05-2020 Distribution update Detail
27-01-2017 Datasheet update Detail
27-01-2017 Distribution update Detail
28-10-2016 Distribution update Detail