Linyphiidae  Blackwall, 1859 / Alioranus  Simon, 1926   3 species

Alioranus pastoralis  (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1872)


Prosoma dark brown, star-shaped mark distinct, narrow dark margins. Sternum black-brown. Legs yellow-brown. Opisthosoma uniform dark grey, long-oval. Palp: Patella approximatelly 1.5x as long as wide. Tibia dorsally with short anteriad directed apophysis, retrolaterally excised. Embolus with funnel-like structure, weakly sclerotized.

Prosoma length: 0.6 mm, prosoma width: 0.5 mm.


Colour as in male. Epigyne: Strongly pigmented, protruding. Receptacula barely visible. Light, deep groove bears lateral openings.

Prosoma length: 0.7 mm, prosoma width: 0.5 mm.

Additional information

Under stones in a range of habitats (Chios, Greece)

Character states from linyphiid key
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2021): Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Tajikistan
Distribution List
Cyprus   (Bosmans et al., 2019c) ||| Greece   (no references) ||| Greece / Crete   (no references) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (Danışman et al., 2021a) |||

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

Danışman T, Kunt K B, Özkütük R S (2021a) The checklist of the spiders of Turkey. Version 2021 [last updated 1 January 2021], online at pdf

Russell-Smith A, Allison R, Askins M, Blumsom W, Snazell R, Spilling C (2011) A provisional checklist and gazetteer of the spiders of Chios, Greece (Arachnida: Araneae). Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 15: 133-167 pdf

Tanasevitch A V (1989) The linyphiid spiders of Middle Asia (Arachnida: Araneae: Linyphiidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 69: 83-176 pdf

WSC (2021) World Spider Catalog. Version 22.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.09.2021) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

Wunderlich J (1980g) Drei neue Linyphiidae-Genera aus Europa (Arachnida: Araneae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 61: 119-125 pdf

28-09-2016 Datasheet update Detail