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 2021): Spain, France, Morocco, Algeria, Israel
Distribution List
Algeria   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| France   (no references) ||| Morocco   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

Bosmans R (2007) Contribution to the knowledge of the Linyphiidae of the Maghreb. Part XII. Miscellaneous erigonine genera and additional records (Araneae: Linyphiidae: Erigoninae). Bulletin & Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 143: 117-163 pdf

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

Branco V V, Morano E, Cardoso P (2019) An update to the Iberian spider checklist (Araneae). Zootaxa 4614: 201-254 pdf

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

WSC (2021) World Spider Catalog. Version 22.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.09.2021) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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