Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Enoplognatha  Pavesi, 1880   30 species

Enoplognatha franzi  Wunderlich, 1995


Prosoma 1-2.4 mm long. Colouration as in female. Chelicerae with 2 long teeth, the basal stronger with 2 denticles at its base.

Body length male: 2.1-5.1 mm

Epigyne: opening circular or slightly wider than long, with narrow median septum more or less visible, posterior margin concave. Prosoma brown with black borderline. Prosoma 1.1-2 mm long. Sternum dark brown with black edges. Legs brown with dark annulations, femur I about 1.1 times as long as prosoma. Opisthosoma with dorsal folium, ventrally with a wide median black band and 2 lateral white stripes.

Body length female: 2.4-5.5 mm
Additional information

Often in dry or semi-dry habitats, pine forests, oak forests, garrigue, dunes, grasslands, stone walls, gardens, also on river banks and under stones.

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Global distribution (WSC 2021): Mediterranean, Iraq
 male  female
Distribution List
Algeria   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Morocco   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Tunisia   (Bosmans, unpubl.) |||

Bosmans R, Van Keer J (1999) The genus Enoplognatha Pavesi, 1880 in the Mediterranean region (Araneae: Theridiidae). Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 11: 209-241 pdf

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

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

Breitling R (2020) South European spiders from the Duffey collection in the Manchester Museum (Arachnida: Araneae). Arachnology 18: 333-362 pdf

Le Peru B (2011) The spiders of Europe, a synthesis of data: Volume 1 Atypidae to Theridiidae. Mémoires de la Société Linnéenne de Lyon 2: 1-522 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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