Linyphiidae  Blackwall, 1859 / Monocephalus  Smith, 1906   2 species

Monocephalus castaneipes  (Simon, 1884)


Embolus straight. Lateral margins of elevated head region of male prosoma parallel in dorsal view. Prosoma brown to red-brown. Legs yellowish to light brown. Opisthosoma grey-black.

Body length male: 1.8-2 mm
Body length female: 1.7-2.3 mm
Additional information

In humid moss and litter of forests, mainly in high mountains, more rarely in low mountain range and the plain

Character states from linyphiid key
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2020): Western, Northern, Central Europe, Italy
 male  female

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13-05-2014 Distribution update Old value
29-04-2014 Image insert
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