Thomisidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Monaeses  Thorell, 1869   2 species

Monaeses paradoxus  (Lucas, 1846)

Description
Male

Body colouration yellowish brown, with distinct white markings as in females. Palp: retrolateral tibial apophysis characteristic.

Body length male: 5-6 mm
Female

Prosoma fawn to grey, mottled with black and white. Legs cream, mottled with grey and black, with numerous black hairs. Opisthosoma whitish, with white lateral lines, sometimes with broader, greyish mediolateral lines. Epigyne wider than long.

Body length female: 8-11 mm
Distribution
  Presence
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2020): Southern Europe, Caucasus, Iran, Africa
Figures
Distribution List
Albania   (Deltshev et al., 2011b) ||| Azerbaijan   (Otto, 2020) ||| Bulgaria   (Blagoev et al., 2018) ||| France   (no references) ||| Georgia   (Otto, 2020) ||| Greece   (no references) ||| Greece / Crete   (Bosmans et al., 2013) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sardinia   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sicily   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| North Macedonia   (Komnenov, 2014) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Romania   (no references) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) |||
References

Blagoev G, Deltshev C, Lazarov S, Naumova M (2018) The spiders (Araneae) of Bulgaria. Version: August 2018. National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Online at http://www.nmnhs.com/spiders-bulgaria/ (accessed on 10.9.2018) pdf

Bosmans R, Van Keer J, Russell-Smith A, Kronestedt T, Alderweireldt M, Bosselaers J, De Koninck H (2013) Spiders of Crete (Araneae). A catalogue of all currently known species from the Greek island of Crete. Nieuwsbrief van de Belgische Arachnologische Vereniging 28 (Suppl. 1): 1-147 pdf

Branco V V, Morano E, Cardoso P (2019) An update to the Iberian spider checklist (Araneae). [N.B.: few records from this paper are not taken over and not commented] Zootaxa 4614: 201-254 pdf

Deltshev C, Vrenozi B, Blagoev G, Lazarov S (2011b) Spiders of Albania – faunistic and zoogeographical review (Arachnida: Araneae). Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 63: 125-144 pdf

Dentici A, Amata F C (2018) New faunistic data for the Sicilian arachnofauna (Arachnida Araneae). Biodiversity Journal 9: 271-276 pdf

Komnenov M (2014) Spider fauna of the Osogovo Mt. Range, Northeastern Macedonia. Fauna Balkana 2: 1-267 pdf

Levy G (1973) Crab-spiders of six genera from Israel (Araneae: Thomisidae). Israel Journal of Zoology 22: 107-141 pdf

Otto S (2020) Caucasian spiders. A faunistic database on the spiders of the Caucasus Ecoregion. Database version 03.2020. Internet: caucasus-spiders.info.

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). http://araneae.it. Fragmenta Entomologica 51: 127-152 pdf

Simon E (1932) Les arachnides de France 6 (4). Paris (Roret): 773-978 pdf

World Spider Catalog (2020) World Spider Catalog. Version 21.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at http://wsc.nmbe.ch (20.03.2020) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

Updates
16-10-2018 Distribution update Detail
18-02-2014 Image insert
10-12-2013 Distribution update Detail
15-10-2013 Distribution update Detail
15-04-2013 Distribution update Detail