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 2021): Spain, France (mainland, Corsica), Italy (Sardinia)
 male  female
Distribution List
France   (Le Peru, 2007) ||| France / Corsica   (Le Peru, 2007) ||| Italy / Sardinia   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

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

Knoflach B (1993b) Das Männchen von Episinus theridioides Simon (Arachnida: Araneae, Theridiidae). Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft 66: 359-366 pdf

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

Le Peru B (2007) Catalogue et répartition des araignées de France. Revue Arachnologique 16: 1-468

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

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

WSC (2021) World Spider Catalog. Version 21.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (03.01.2021) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

26-05-2020 Distribution update Detail
01-06-2015 Image insert