Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Meotipa  Simon, 1894   1 species

Meotipa spiniventris  (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1869)


As Female, but smaller and more slender.

Prosoma length: 0.8-0.9 mm, prosoma width: 0.7-0.8 mm.

Body length male: 1.8-2.1 mm

Pale yellow. Prosoma with dark marginal line and black median stripe. Opisthosoma with 1-5 spines on each side of posterior border, white spots and transverse black stripes, posteriorly with 4 dark spots.

Prosoma length: 0.8-0.9 mm, prosoma width: 0.7-0.8 mm.

Body length female: 2.1-3.1 mm
Additional information

This species of Asian origin is not native to Europe (alien species). In the 1940ies it had been introduced to Europe (Netherlands, van der Hammen 1949) and did not establish.

  Not established
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2020): Sri Lanka to Taiwan, China, Japan. Introduced to the Netherlands
Distribution List
Netherlands   ( no references ) |||

Hammen L van der (1949) On Arachnida collected in Dutch greenhouses. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 91: 72-82

Helsdingen P J van (2010a) Araneae. In: Fauna Europaea Database (Version 2010.1), online at

Song D X, Zhu M S, Chen J (1999) The Spiders of China. Hebei Sci. Technol. Publ. House, Shijiazhuang, 640 pp

World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.09.2019) doi: 10.24436/2

01-08-2017 Distribution update Detail
09-11-2015 Image insert