Linyphiidae  Blackwall, 1859 / Erigone  Audouin, 1826   30 species

Erigone arctica  (White, 1852)


Tibial apophysis with 2 denticles arranged in a row on median process. Epigyne with 2 circular depressions laterally on epigynal plate. Prosoma chestnut-brown, radial stripes and lateral region darker. Legs yellow-brown to red-brown. Opisthosoma grey-black.

Body length male: 2.5-3.2 mm
Body length female: 2.6-3.6 mm
Additional information

Prefers humid conditions, circumpolar species

Character states from linyphiid key
  No data
Distribution comment: No known record from Germany (Blick et al. 2016: only E. a. maritima), therefore deleted - is probably the same for at least France, Belgium, Netherlands, Danmark and Poland (see also Tanasevitch 2013b - therefore records from these countries are counted as E. a. maritima). After Brændegaard (1958) in Iceland only arctica maritima (contra Agnarsson 1996).
Global distribution (WSC 2020): North America, Northern Europe, Russia (Europe to East Siberia)
 male  female
Distribution List
Estonia   ( no references ) ||| Finland   ( Koponen et al., 2016; ) ||| Ireland   ( no references ) ||| Latvia   ( Cera, 2018; ) ||| Northern Ireland   ( no references ) ||| Norway   ( no references ) ||| Russia, Northern   ( no references ) ||| Russia, Western   ( no references ) ||| Sweden   ( no references ) ||| United Kingdom   ( no references ) |||

Agnarsson I (1996) Íslenskar köngulær Fjölrit Náttúrufræðistofnunar 31: 1-175 pdf

Blick T, Finch O-D, Harms K H, Kiechle J, Kielhorn K-H , Kreuels M, Malten A, Martin D, Muster C, Nährig D, Platen R, Rödel I, Scheidler M, Staudt A, Stumpf H, Tolke D (2016) Rote Liste und Gesamtartenliste der Spinnen (Arachnida: Araneae) Deutschlands. 3. Fassung, Stand April 2008, einzelne Änderungen und Nachträge bis August 2015. Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt 70/4: 383-510 pdf

Brændegaard J (1958) Araneida. The Zoology of Iceland (Ejnar Munksgaard, Copenhagen) 3(54): 1-113 pdf

Cera I (2018) The checklist of Latvian spiders (Arachnida: Araneae). Environmental and Experimental Biology 16: 139-152 pdf

Helsdingen P J van (2010a) Araneae. In: Fauna Europaea Database (Version 2010.1), online at

Holm Å (1956) Notes on Arctic spiders of the genera Erigone Aud. and Hilaira Sim.. Arkiv Zool 9: 453-469

Koponen S, Fritzén N R, Pajunen T (2016) Checklist of spiders in Finland (Araneae). 6th version, December 2016, online at

Locket G H, Millidge A F (1953) British Spiders 2. Ray Soc London

Locket G H, Millidge A F, Merrett P (1974) British Spiders 3. Ray Soc London

Løvbrekke H (unpubl.)

Marusik Y M, Böcher J, Koponen S (2006b) The collection of Greenland spiders (Aranei) kept in the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen. Arthropoda Selecta 15: 59-80 pdf

Roberts M J (1987) The spiders of Great Britain and Ireland. Volume 2: Linyphiidae and checklist. Harley Books Colchester

Tanasevitch A V (2013b) The linyphiid spiders of the Altais, southern Siberia (Aranei: Linyphiidae). Arthropoda Selecta 22: 267-306 pdf

Tyshchenko V P (1971) Classification key of Aranei of the European part of the USSR. Opred Po fauna 105, Moskow

World Spider Catalog (2020) World Spider Catalog. Version 21.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.03.2020) doi: 10.24436/2

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