Linyphiidae  Blackwall, 1859 / Gonatium  Menge, 1868   13 species

Gonatium occidentale  Simon, 1918


Prosoma orange-brown, with darker markings and margins. Raised anteriorly, with short sulci behind the lateral eyes. Opisthosoma black. Sternum orange-brown. Legs orange-brown, with tarsi rather paler. Palp: tibial apophyses and the lateral apophyses crossing each other, while the basal, wart-bearing apophysis is not rounded.

Prosoma length: 1.2 mm.

Body length male: 2.2 mm

Colouration as in male. Epigyne: genital openings wide and
approximately circular in shape.

Prosoma length: 1.0 mm.

Body length female: 2.35 mm
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Global distribution (WSC 2020): Spain, France, Morocco, Algeria, Israel
Distribution List
Algeria   ( no references ) ||| France   ( no references ) ||| Morocco   ( no references ) ||| Spain   ( no references ) |||

Bosmans R (2007) Contribution to the knowledge of the Linyphiidae of the Maghreb. Part XII. Miscellaneous erigonine genera and additional records (Araneae: Linyphiidae: Erigoninae). Bull Annls Soc r belge Ent 143: 117-163

Bosmans R. (unpubl.) Provisional list of spiders of North Africa. Database excerpt Aug. 2019

Helsdingen P J van (2010a) Araneae. In: Fauna Europaea Database (Version 2010.1), online at

Millidge A F (1981b) A revision of the genus Gonatium (Araneae, Linyphiidae). Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 5: 253-277 pdf

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

11-07-2016 Datasheet update Detail
17-12-2013 Image insert