Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Episinus  Walckenaer, 1809   7 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 2024): Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Algeria, Tunisia
 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) ||| France   (Knoflach et al., 2009b) ||| France / Corsica   (Knoflach et al., 2009b) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sardinia   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sicily   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019; Dentici & Amata, 2018) ||| Malta   (Rehfeldt & Cassar, 2024) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   (Branco et al., 2019; Barrientos & Febrer, 2018) ||| Tunisia   (Knoflach et al., 2009b) |||

Barrientos J A, Febrer J B (2018) Arañas (Arachnida, Araneae) de Menorca (Islas Baleares, España). 2: “adenda et corrigenda”. Descripción de tres especies nuevas. Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 33: 39-51 pdf

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

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

Dentici A, Amata F C (2018) New faunistic data for the Sicilian arachnofauna (Arachnida Araneae). Biodiversity Journal 9: 271-276 pdf

Knoflach B, Rollard C, Thaler K (2009b) Notes on Mediterranean Theridiidae (Araneae) - II. ZooKeys 16: 227-264 pdf

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

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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