Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Steatoda  Sundevall, 1833   19 species

Steatoda erigoniformis  (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1872)


Prosoma and sternum deep brown, distinctly granulated. Proximal segments of legs dark brown to almost black, distal segments yellowish orange. Opsthosoma purplish black, with 4 spots dorsally and 2-3 smaller spots above the spinnerets.

Body length male: 2.3-2.6 mm

Prosoma and sternum deep brown, smooth. Proximal segments of legs dark brown to almost black, distal segments yellowish orange. Opsthosoma purplish black, with 4 spots dorsally, 2-3 smaller spots above the spinnerets and 2 lateral spots.

Body length female: 2.3-3.1 mm
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2023): East Mediterranean, Middle East, Caucasus, India, China, Korea, Japan. Introduced to USA, Caribbean, Venezuela, South Africa
 male  female
Adults of both sexes probably all the year
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.

Azerbaijan   (Otto, 2022) ||| Cyprus   (Bosmans et al., 2019c) ||| Egypt   (Bosmans & Hervé, 2021) ||| Greece   (no references) ||| Morocco   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Tunisia   (Bosmans, 2003) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (Coşar & Danışman, 2022b) |||

Bosmans R (2003) A checklist of the spiders of Tunisia, with description of a new species of Palliduphantes Saaristo & Tanasevitch (Araneae: Linyphiidae). Kaupia - Darmstädter Beiträge zur Naturgeschichte 12: 89-109 pdf

Bosmans R, Hervé C (2021) Less is more: eight new synonyms in Mediterranean spiders (Araneae), with a new Pelecopsis species from Tunisia (Linyphiidae). Arachnologische Mitteilungen 61: 58-64 pdf

Bosmans R, Van Keer J, Russell-Smith A, Hadjiconstantis M, Komnenov M, Bosselaers J, Huber S, McCowan D, Snazell R, Decae A, Zoumides C, Kielhorn K-H, Oger P (2019c) Spiders of Cyprus (Araneae). A catalogue of all currently known species from Cyprus. Newsletter of the Belgian Arachnological Society 34, Suppl. 1: 1-173 pdf

Bosmans R. (unpubl.) Provisional list of spiders of North Africa. Database excerpt Aug. 2019

Coşar İ, Danışman T (2022b) First record of the cobweb spider Steatoda erigoniformis (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1872) in Turkey (Araneae, Theridiidae). Acta Zoologica Cypria 1: 10-14 pdf

Danışman T, Coşar İ (2022b) Turkocranum gen. n., a new genus of Liocranidae (Arachnida: Araneae) from Turkey. Zoology in the Middle East 68: 73-80 pdf

Denis J (1952f) Quelques araignées de Basse-Égypte recueillies par M. B. Condé. Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France 76: 313-315 pdf

Levy G, Amitai P (1982b) The cobweb spider genus Steatoda (Araneae, Theridiidae) of Israel and Sinai. Zoologica Scripta 11: 13-30 pdf

Otto S (2022) Caucasian spiders. A faunistic database on the spiders of the Caucasus Ecoregion. Database version 02.2022. Internet:

WSC (2023) World Spider Catalog. Version 24.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (25.10.2023) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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