Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Episinus  Walckenaer, 1809   6 species

Episinus algiricus  Lucas, 1846


Palp: tibia almost as long as wide in lateral view. Prosoma 1.2-1.6 mm long.

Body length male: 2.9-5 mm

Epigyne: cavity longer than wide, without septum. Prosoma: colouration and pattern as E. angulatus, but lighter. Prosoma 1.4-1.7 mm long. Sternum brownish, with a faint median lighter band. Legs pale yellowish, with brown spots, scarcely annulated. Opisthosoma as E. angulatus.

Body length female: 4-5 mm
Additional information

In pine forests, garrigue and holm oak woods.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2019): Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Northwest Africa, Malta?
 male  female

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09-01-2019 Distribution update Old value
16-10-2018 Distribution update Old value