Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Episinus  Walckenaer, 1809   7 species

Episinus theridioides  Simon, 1873


Prosoma 1.1 mm long. Characters as in female.

Body length male: 2.8 mm

Epigyne with rounded cavity, slightly wider than long, with the edges hardly sclerotized. Prosoma light brownish, with a black borderline and a median longitudinal blackish band. Prosoma 1.2-1.3 mm long. Sternum dark brown, lighter in the middle. Eyes: median ocular quadrangle much narrower in front than behind. Legs yellowish with dark annulations, as in E. angulatus. Opisthosoma greyish with numerous black spots, folium indistinct, ventrally with some whitish spots. Opisthosoma oval, rounded behind, without tubercles.

Body length female: 3.1-3.6 mm
Additional information

In coniferous and beech forests, meadows and under stones. Altitude 800-1400 m.

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Global distribution (WSC 2020): Spain, France (mainland, Corsica), Italy (Sardinia)
 male  female
Distribution List
France   ( no references ) ||| France / Corsica   ( no references ) ||| Italy / Sardinia   ( no references ) ||| Spain   ( no references ) |||

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