Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Enoplognatha  Pavesi, 1880   31 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.

  Not established
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2023): Canary Is., Madeira, Portugal, Spain, France, Morocco to Greece
 male  female
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.

Algeria   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| France   (no references) ||| Greece   (no references) ||| Greece / Crete   (no references) ||| Morocco   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Netherlands   (IJland, 2023) ||| 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

IJland S (2023) Enoplognatha diversa (Araneae, Theridiidae) geimporteerd in Nederland met een bloemkool [Enoplognatha diversa (Araneae, Theridiidae) imported in the Netherlands with a cauliflower]. Nieuwsbrief SPINED 40: 22-23 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

10-03-2023 Image insert
18-01-2023 Distribution insert Detail