Linyphiidae  Blackwall, 1859 / Diplocephalus  Bertkau, 1883   35 species

Diplocephalus graecus  (O. P.-Cambridge, 1873)


Prosoma dark grey-brown, with a darker area between eyes and fovea, and with darker radiating striae, cephalic lobe low, narrow sulcus behind posterior lateral eye. Chelicerae dark yellow-brown. Sternum dark brown, almost black. Legs yellow-brown. Opisthosoma dark grey with some small lighter spots.

Body length male: 1.5-1.9 mm

Colouration as in males, except palps yellow, suffused with grey, legs pale yellow to yellow-brown.

Body length female: 1.8-2.2 mm
Additional information

Since a few decades, this species shows some spreading tendencies within Europe. Nevertheless, it shall not be listed as alien or invasive because it is native for Europe.

Character states from linyphiid key
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2019): Europe, Madeira, North Africa, Israel
 male  female

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