Nesticidae  Simon, 1894 / Nesticella  Lehtinen & Saaristo, 1980   1 species

Nesticella mogera  (Yaginuma, 1972)


Prosoma brown, cephalic part with grey pattern consisting of 3 converging lines. Legs yellow-brown. Opisthosoma dark grey, dorsum with broad, light median band reaching mid part of abdomen, venter with lateral row of lights spots, originating from epigastric furrow and reaching the spinnerets.

Body length male: 2.1 mm

Colouration as in males.

Body length female: 2.7 mm
Additional information

This species of Asian origin is not native to Europe (alien species). It had been introduced to Europe at least once and did establish.

Troglophile species (Mammola et al. 2018)

  Not established
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2020): China, Korea, Japan. Introduced to Azerbaijan, Europe, Pacific islands
 male  female

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