Pholcidae  C. L. Koch, 1850 / Stygopholcus  Kratochvil, 1932   4 species

Stygopholcus photophilus  Senglet, 1971


Palp very massive, orange-brownish, femur broader than long. Prosoma 1.6 mm long. Colouration as in female. Eyes: 2 long bristles between lateral and median posterior eyes. Chelicerae anteriorly with 30 to 34 club-like setae.


Prosoma 1.6 mm long. Prosoma: thoracic part white yellowish with a median brown streak, cephalic part brownish. Sternum dark brown, wider than long. Eyes: posterior row very recurved. Legs light brownish, femur and tibia with annulations. Opisthosoma oval, less than twice as long as high, mottled, ventrally with a median darker streak. Spinnerets ringed with black.

Additional information

Under rocks and treestumps, in caves.

Troglophile species (Mammola et al. 2018b)

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Global distribution (WSC 2021): Albania, Greece (incl. Crete)
 male  female
Distribution List
Albania   (Deltshev et al., 2011b; Huber et al., 2021) ||| Greece   (Huber et al., 2021) ||| Greece / Crete   (Huber et al., 2021) |||

Deltshev C, Vrenozi B, Blagoev G, Lazarov S (2011b) Spiders of Albania – faunistic and zoogeographical review (Arachnida: Araneae). Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 63: 125-144 pdf

Huber B A, Pavlek M, Komnenov M (2021) Revision of the spider genus Stygopholcus (Araneae, Pholcidae), endemic to the Balkan Peninsula. European Journal of Taxonomy 752: 1-60 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

Senglet A (1971) Note sur les Pholcidae (Arachn.) de Grèce. Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft 44: 345-359 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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