Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Rhomphaea  L. Koch, 1872   5 species

Rhomphaea nasica  (Simon, 1873)


Prosoma: a high tubercle between the eyes, narrower at its base, with bristles at the tip. Prosoma 0.5-1.2 mm long. Opisthosoma very long as in female, but narrower.


Epigyne: low longitudinal furrow. Prosoma brown, cephalic part raised, round without tubercle. Prosoma 1.5 mm long. Sternum whitish to brown, darker in the middle, with reddish spots. Legs whitish to light brown, with reddish spots. Opisthosoma very high and long, part behind the spinnerets much longer than the rest, more or less oblique, the shape of the opisthosoma variable, colouration light brown, sometimes silvery, with a dorsal reddish band, and a ventral brown band near the spinnerets.

Body length female: 6.2 mm
Additional information

In bushes and on oaks.

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Global distribution (WSC 2024): Canary Is., Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Africa, St. Helena
Distribution List

"No references" does not mean that the species does not occur in this country, but that we have not yet inserted the reference for it. We are working on it.

Algeria   (Benhacene et al., 2023) ||| Croatia   (Milosevic, 2002) ||| France   (no references) ||| France / Corsica   (no references) ||| Greece   (Lissner, 2017b) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sardinia   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sicily   (Dentici et al., 2023) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Tunisia   (Bosmans, unpubl.) |||

Benhacene R, Adjami A, Hadjeb A, Kermiche K, Ouakid M L (2023) Bibliographic checklist of the Algerian spider fauna (Araneae). Zootaxa 5352: 301-357 pdf

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

Bosselaers J (2018) Spiders (Arachnida, Araneae) of the Gavarres (Catalonia, Spain) and the adjacent coastal region - part I: 2012-2013. Newsletter of the Belgian arachnological Society 33(Suppl.): 1-103 pdf

Branco V V, Morano E, Cardoso P (2019) An update to the Iberian spider checklist (Araneae). Zootaxa 4614: 201-254 pdf

Dentici A, Barbera A, Ditta A, Genna C, Surdo S (2023) First Italian reports of Nemoscolus laurae (Simon, 1868) and Zodarion isabellinum (Simon, 1868) (Araneae Araneidae, Zodariidae) in Sicily and remarkable additions to the Sicilian araneofauna. Biodiversity Journal 14: 693-706 pdf

Lissner J (2017b) A contribution to the knowledge of Rhomphaea L. Koch, 1872 (Araneae: Theridiidae) in the Mediterranean and Macaronesian regions. Arachnology 17: 287-293 pdf

Milosevic B (2002) Aranea – Popis vrsta – Checklist. Hrvatsko entomološko društvo – Inventar entomofaune Hrvatske [Aranea – List of species – Checklist. Croatian Entomological Society – Inventory of Croatian entomofauna]. pdf

Pantini P, Isaia M (2019) the online catalog of Italian spiders, with addenda on other arachnid orders occurring in Italy (Arachnida: Araneae, Opiliones, Palpigradi, Pseudoscorpionida, Scorpiones, Solifugae). Fragmenta Entomologica 51: 127-152 pdf

Pantini P, Sassu A, Serra G (2013) Catalogue of the spiders (Arachnida Araneae) of Sardinia. Biodiversity Journal 4: 3-104 pdf

Sánchez I, Bosmans R (2017) Novedades aracnológicas para la Provincia de Cádiz (S de España). Revista de la Sociedad Gaditana de Historia Natural 11: 33-52 pdf

Taberlet J-P (unpubl.)

WSC (2024) World Spider Catalog. Version 25.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.01.2024) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

Wunderlich J (1987) Die Spinnen der Kanarischen Inseln und Madeiras: Adaptive Radiation, Biogeographie, Revisionen und Neubeschreibungen. Triops, Langen, 435 pp. pdf

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