Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Steatoda  Sundevall, 1833   19 species

Steatoda latifasciata  (Simon, 1873)


Prosoma deep brown with striae. Sternum purplish black. Chelicerae relatively slender. Legs yellowish to dark brown. Opisthosoma purplish black, with white markings dorsally and a white median line ventrally.

Body length male: 3.5 mm

Colouration as in male.

Body length female: 3.8-6.1 mm
Additional information

Under stones, in burrows and in fissures. Egg sac about 5 mm in diameter, with over 30 eggs.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2022): Canary Is. to Israel
 male  female
Adults of both sexes probably all the year.
Distribution List
Algeria   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Egypt   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Italy / Sicily   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Morocco   (Bosmans, unpubl.) |||

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

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

Levy G, Amitai P (1982b) The cobweb spider genus Steatoda (Araneae, Theridiidae) of Israel and Sinai. Zoologica Scripta 11: 13-30 pdf

Pantini P, Isaia M (2019) the online catalog of Italian spiders, with addenda on other arachnid orders occurring in Italy (Arachnida: Araneae, Opiliones, Palpigradi, Pseudoscorpionida, Scorpiones, Solifugae). Fragmenta Entomologica 51: 127-152 pdf

WSC (2022) World Spider Catalog. Version 23.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (21.01.2022) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf