Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Latrodectus  Walckenaer, 1805   8 species

Latrodectus lilianae  Melic, 2000


Palp similar to that of L. tredecimguttatus. Prosoma dark reddish, 1.1-2.6 mm long. Opisthosoma whitish, dorsally with 2 series of contiguous irregular black patches.

Body length male: 2.6-5.6 mm

Epigyne similar to that of L. tredecimguttatus. Vulva: spermathecae distinctly apart. Prosoma reddish or black, at least as wide as long. Prosoma 4.2-5.1 mm long. Legs reddish black. Opisthosoma brown or black, with a dorsal light pattern formed by blotches and angular lines, opisthosoma covered with only long, simple hairs.

Body length female: 12-16 mm
Additional information

In dry or very dry steppes.

  No data
Distribution comment: Algeria: probably (Melic 2000)
Global distribution (WSC 2022): Spain, Algeria?
 male  female
Distribution List
Algeria   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

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

Le Peru B (2011) The spiders of Europe, a synthesis of data: Volume 1 Atypidae to Theridiidae. Mémoires de la Société Linnéenne de Lyon 2: 1-522 pdf

Melic A (2000) El género Latrodectus Walckenaer, 1805 en la península Ibérica (Araneae, Theridiidae). Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 1: 13-30 pdf

WSC (2022) World Spider Catalog. Version 23.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (21.07.2022) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

14-10-2019 Datasheet update Detail