Dictynidae  O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1871 / Brigittea  Lehtinen, 1967   4 species

Brigittea innocens  (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1872)


Resembles Dictyna arundinacea, but smaller.

Colour: legs brown, tibiae and metatarsi distally darkened; opisthosomal pattern consisting of a median dark band barely widened in the middle, ventral part formed by a wide brown band reaching the spinnerets and bounded by a lighter area.

Pedipalp: bulb almost round; conductor twisted, wide at its base, apically, the outer margin with numerous small indentations, retrolaterally, this part appearing thin and almost straight; tibial apophyses (ctenidia) short, aligned at their bases, the first retrolateral one straight and with broad base, the second prolateral one a little longer and slightly tilted forward.

Body length male: 2.9 mm

Colour: legs brown, first half of femora lighter, tibiae darkened distally, metatarsi and tarsi yellowish, darkened distally; opisthosomal pattern similar to that of male but the median dark band is visibly widened in the middle on both sides forming 2 lobes.

Epigyne/vulva: consisting of two genital openings rounded posteriorly, widening anteriorly with oblique anterior margin or ovoid. Spermathecae partly visible through the genital openings, at their posterior edge. Spermathecae elongated and turning outwards at an angle of 45°. Copulatory ducts consisting of a semi-circular coil, widening towards their openings.

Body length female: 2.3-3.0 mm
Additional information

Mostly on dry and low-growing plants.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2024): Eastern Mediterranean, Kazakhstan
 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.

Cyprus   (Bosmans et al., 2019c) ||| Egypt   (El-Hennawy, 2017a) ||| Greece   (Bristowe, 1935) ||| Italy  Removed (Pantini & Isaia, 2019; Lecigne, 2021a) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (Lecigne, 2021a) ||| Turkey (Europe)   (van Helsdingen, 2013) |||

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

Bristowe W S (1935) The spiders of Greece and the adjacent islands. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 104: 733-788 pdf

El-Hennawy H K (2017a) A list of Egyptian spiders (revised in 2017). Serket 15: 167-183 pdf

Helsdingen P J van (2013) A quick scan of the spider fauna of the European part of Turkey. Nieuwsbrief SPINED 33: 29-38 pdf

Lecigne S (2021a) A new species of Sintula (Linyphiidae), redescription of Brigittea innocens (Dictynidae) and eight spider species newly recorded for Turkey (Araneae). Arachnologische Mitteilungen 62: 11-34 pdf

Lehtinen P T (1967) Classification of the cribellate spiders and some allied families, with notes on the evolution of the suborder Araneomorpha. Annales Zoologici Fennici 4: 199-468 pdf

Pantini P, Isaia M (2019) Araneae.it: 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 (2024) World Spider Catalog. Version 25.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at http://wsc.nmbe.ch (22.01.2024) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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