Agelenidae  C. L. Koch, 1837 / Eratigena  Bolzern, Burckhardt & Hänggi, 2013   20 species

Eratigena herculea  (Fage, 1931)


Eyes very reduced and without pigmentation. Anterior and posterior median eyes barely visible, only 0.02 mm in diameter. Lateral eyes about 0.05 mm in diameter. Opisthosoma cylindrical. Palp: median apophysis protruding, longer than wide, spoon-like, connected to tegulum by a membrane.

Prosoma length: 2.4 mm, prosoma width: 1.8 mm.


Prosoma not darkened. Sternum with a weakly expressed pale median region. Opisthosoma brown-yellowish, only cardiac mark darker. Legs without a pattern. Eyes moderately reduced in size. Epigyne with a distinct posterior sclerite, forming a strongly sclerotized and protruding pocket-like structure.

Additional information

In caves.

Troglobiont species (Mammola et al. 2018)

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Global distribution (WSC 2021): Spain (mainland, Ibiza)
Distribution List
Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

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Mammola S, Cardoso P, Ribera C, Pavlek M, Isaia M (2018b) A synthesis on cave-dwelling spiders in Europe. Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 56: 301-316 pdf

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10-05-2016 Datasheet update Detail