Agelenidae  C. L. Koch, 1837 / Aterigena  Bolzern, Hänggi & Burckhardt, 2010   4 species

Aterigena soriculata  (Simon, 1873)


Male palp: RTA with large dorsal branch, distally truncated and strongly sclerotized; lateral branch developed as a weakly sclerotized point; ventrally bearing a weakly developed rounded ridge. Embolus originating (free apex) between 7 and 8 o’clock position; length (only free apex) less than 1.75 times cymbium width; distal tip between 2 and 3 o’clock position. Conductor lamella-like, distally elongated (parallel to cymbium), arcuated and laterally folded along the whole length; as long as alveolus, distally reaching beyond alveolus margin; terminal end forming sclerotized peak, pointing ventrally (in lateral view). Connection of conductor and tegulum membranous. Median apophysis originating between 4 and 5 o’clock position. Tegular apophysis absent. Prosoma length: 4.47 mm.


Epigynum and vulva: Epigynal plate sclerotized with distinct atrium, transversely oval in shape; anterior margin of atrium sclerotized at epigynal plate, gradually becoming membranous. Ground plate of atrium transversally subdivided by straight groove: anterior part membranous or weakly sclerotized, semicircular in shape; posterior part sclerotized, forming semicircular bar. Copulatory openings barely visible, located medially of atrium. Copulatory duct short and straight. Receptacula small, globular; fertilization ducts long and strongly convoluted. Prosoma length: 4.14–5.07 mm.

Additional information

Eyes: Diameter: PME: 0.17–0.18; PLE: 0.18–0.21; AME: 0.13–0.18; ALE: 0.19–0.21. Distances: PME–PME less than diameter of PME; PME–AME less than or equal to diameter of PME; PME–PLE less than or equal to diameter of PME; PME–ALE less than 1.5 diameter of PME; AME–AME about 0.5 diameter of AME. Clypeus height (measured under AME) less than 2.5 times diameter of AME; (measured under ALE) about 1.5 times diameter of ALE.

Coloration: Two longitudinal symmetrical dark bands present on carapace, interrupted, sometimes reduced to triangular dots, intensified by white and black plumose hairs. Opisthosoma dark green-brownish, at the cardiac mark yellowish with dots on the sides, continuing in broad chevrons posteriorly. Legs not annulated.

Additional somatic characters: Tarsus I with 7–8 dorsal trichobothria, tarsi II–IV with 7. Colulus dark, sometimes only partially. Both segments of PLS very weakly darkened. PMS slightly smaller than ALS.

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Global distribution (WSC 2022): France (Corsica), Italy (Sardinia)
 male  female
Distribution List
France / Corsica   (no references) ||| Italy / Sardinia   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) |||

Bolzern A, Hänggi A, Burckhardt D (2010) Aterigena, a new genus of funnel-web spider, shedding some light on the Tegenaria-Malthonica problem (Araneae: Agelenidae) Journal of Arachnology 38: 162-182 pdf

Brignoli P M (1974a) Ragni d'Italia XXI. Settimo contributo alla conoscenza dei ragni cavernicoli di Sardegna e descrizione di una nuova specie di Corsica (Araneae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 81: 387-395 pdf

Dresco E, Célérier M-L (1979) Étude des tégénaires. Tegenaria soriculata Simon 1873 et Tegenaria cyrnea Brignoli 1974 (Araneae, Agelenidae). Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France 104: 221-231 pdf

Pantini P, Isaia M (2019) the online catalog of Italian spiders, with addenda on other arachnid orders occurring in Italy (Arachnida: Araneae, Opiliones, Palpigradi, Pseudoscorpionida, Scorpiones, Solifugae). Fragmenta Entomologica 51: 127-152 pdf

WSC (2022) World Spider Catalog. Version 23.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (21.07.2022) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf