Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Enoplognatha  Pavesi, 1880   30 species

Enoplognatha diversa  (Blackwall, 1859)


Male palp with robust basal tubercles on radix. Epigyne with strongly sclerotised posterior margin of epigynal pit, 3-4 times as wide as diameter of pit. Prosoma brown, with dark margin. Sternum dark brown, with black margin. Legs brown. Femur and tibia with dark brown to black spots. Opisthosoma with folium and median black stripes, ventrally anteriorly to spinnerets a black stripe with slender white margin.

Body length male: 2.5-4.9 mm
Body length female: 3.2-6.3 mm
Additional information

Often in dry habitats, pine forests, holm oak forests, maquis, dunes, also in grasslands, on river banks and under stones.

Frequency: Widely distributed

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2022): Canary Is., Madeira, Portugal, Spain, France, Morocco to Greece
 male  female
Distribution List
Algeria   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| France   (no references) ||| Greece   (no references) ||| Greece / Crete   (no references) ||| Morocco   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Russia, Southern   (Otto, 2022) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Tunisia   (Bosmans, unpubl.) |||

Bosmans R, Van Keer J (1999) The genus Enoplognatha Pavesi, 1880 in the Mediterranean region (Araneae: Theridiidae). Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 11: 209-241 pdf

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

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

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

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

WSC (2022) World Spider Catalog. Version 23.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (21.01.2022) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf