Linyphiidae  Blackwall, 1859 / Caracladus  Simon, 1884   3 species

Caracladus avicula  (L. Koch, 1869)

Epigyne with trapezoid median plate, anteriorly wider than posteriorly. Prosoma yellow-blackish to red-brown, with dark pattern, that can also be missing. Male prosoma with bird head-like eye stalk. Legs yellow-brownish. Opisthosoma blackish. Body length male: 2.2 mm
Body length female: 1.8-2.2 mm
Additional information
in moss and litter of subalpine coniferous forests
Character states from linyphiid key
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2020): France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy
Distribution List
Austria   ( no references ) ||| France   ( no references ) ||| Germany   ( no references ) ||| Italy   ( no references ) ||| Romania   ( no references ) ||| Switzerland   ( no references ) |||

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World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.09.2019) doi: 10.24436/2