Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Enoplognatha  Pavesi, 1880   31 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 2024): Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Israel, Iraq
 male  female
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) ||| Malta   (Rehfeldt & Cassar, 2024) ||| Morocco   (Bosmans & Van Keer, 1999) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Tunisia   (Bosmans, 2003) |||

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 (2003) A checklist of the spiders of Tunisia, with description of a new species of Palliduphantes Saaristo & Tanasevitch (Araneae: Linyphiidae). Kaupia - Darmstädter Beiträge zur Naturgeschichte 12: 89-109 pdf

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

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

Rehfeldt S, Cassar T (2024) A contribution to the arachnofauna (Arachnida: Araneae, Opiliones) of the Maltese Islands, with two new records for Europe. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 67: 18-47 pdf

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

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