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 2020): Canary Is., Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Africa, St. Helena
Distribution List
Algeria   ( Bosmans, unpubl.; ) ||| Croatia   ( no references ) ||| France   ( no references ) ||| France / Corsica   ( no references ) ||| Greece   ( no references ) ||| Italy   ( Pantini & Isaia, 2019; ) ||| Italy / Sardinia   ( Pantini & Isaia, 2019; ) ||| Portugal   ( no references ) ||| Spain   ( no references ) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   ( no references ) ||| Tunisia   ( Bosmans, unpubl.; ) |||

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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

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