Linyphiidae  Blackwall, 1859 / Erigone  Audouin, 1826   30 species

Erigone autumnalis  Emerton, 1882


Male palp with projecting patellar apophysis. Epigyne only posteriorly with transverse folds. Prosoma with high contrast black eye field. Sternum slightly blackish. Opisthosoma slightly blackish.

Body length male: 1.18-1.5 mm
Body length female: 1.4-1.7 mm
Additional information

Probably North- and Central American species originally, widely dispersed by wind drift (Antarctic (?), Azores). In Switzerland only in Tessin.

This species of North American origin is not native to Europe (alien species). It had been introduced to Europe at least once and did establish.

Character states from linyphiid key
  No data
Distribution comment: Georgia (pers.comm. Y. Marusik 2014)
Global distribution (WSC 2018): North and Central America. Introduced to Azores, Europe, United Arab Emirates, New Caledonia
 male  female
apparently adult all the year round

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Milasowszky N, Hepner M, Komposch C, Zulka K P (2016) Erstnachweise von Drassyllus vinealis (KulczyńsKi, 1897) und Erigone autumnalis Emerton, 1882 (Arachnida: Araneae: Gnaphosidae, Linyphiidae) in Österreich. Beiträge zur Entomofaunistik 17: 163-167 pdf

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World Spider Catalog (2018) World Spider Catalog, version 19.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (15.07.2018) doi: 10.24436/2

18-09-2018 Distribution update Old value
02-10-2017 Image insert
27-08-2017 Distribution update Old value