Salticidae  Blackwall, 1841 / Menemerus  Simon, 1868   14 species

Menemerus bivittatus  (Dufour, 1831)


Prosoma brow or dark brown, lighter hairs forming a median longitudinal streak. Prosoma length: 2.5-3.3 mm. Sternum brown. Chelicerae dark brown. Legs yellowish-brown. Opisthosoma covered with yellow and brown hairs.


Prosoma length: 2.7-3.3 mm. Legs yellow. Opisthosoma: dorsum with irregular pattern, venter yellowish.

Additional information

Often close to buildings.

This species of African origin is not native to Europe (alien species). It had been introduced to Europe at least once and did establish.

  Not established
  No data
Distribution comment: Record from Italy doubtful (P. Pantini pers. comm.)
Global distribution (WSC 2022): Africa. Introduced to North, Central and South America, southern Europe, Turkey, India, China, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Pacific Is.
Distribution List
Cyprus   (Bosmans et al., 2019c) ||| Egypt   (Wesołowska, 1999) ||| France   (no references) ||| Italy   (no references) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (Coşar & Danışman, 2022) ||| United Kingdom   (Lavery, 2019; Wilson, 2012) |||

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

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

Coşar İ, Danışman T (2022) Two new records for the spider fauna of Turkey (Araneae: Salticidae). Munis Entomology and Zoology 17: 430-433 pdf

Lavery A (2019) A revised checklist of the spiders of Great Britain and Ireland. Arachnology 18: 196-212 pdf

Simon E (1937) Les arachnides de France 6 (5). Paris (Roret): 979-1298 pdf

Wesołowska W (1999) A revision of the spider genus Menemerus in Africa (Araneae: Salticidae). Genus 10: 251-353 pdf

Wilson R (2012) An American jumper in Leeds, west Yorkshire and an update on non-native taxa recorded in the UK. Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society 123: 10-15 pdf

WSC (2021) World Spider Catalog. Version 22.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.09.2021) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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