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.

Primarily found in buildings, 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
Distribution List
Azerbaijan   (Otto, 2020) ||| Czechia   (no references) ||| Finland   (Koponen et al., 2016) ||| Germany   (no references) ||| Hungary   (no references) ||| Italy   (Pantini et al., 2020) ||| Poland   (no references) ||| Russia, Eastern   (no references) ||| United Kingdom   (no references) |||

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Esyunin S L, Agafonova O V, Bykova A A (2019) The first record of the introduced spider species Nesticella mogera (Yaginuma, 1972) from Russia (Aranei: Nesticidae). Arthropoda Selecta 28: 131-134 pdf

Kielhorn K-H (2009) First records of Spermophora kerinci, Nesticella mogera and Pseudanapis aloha on the European Mainland (Araneae: Pholcidae, Nesticidae, Anapidae). Arachnologische Mitteilungen 37: 31-34 pdf

Koponen S, Fritzén N R, Pajunen T (2016) Checklist of spiders in Finland (Araneae). 6th version, December 2016, online at pdf

Mammola S, Cardoso P, Ribera C, Pavlek M, Isaia M (2018b) A synthesis on cave-dwelling spiders in Europe. Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 56: 301-316 pdf

Marusik Y M, Guseinov E F (2003) Spiders (Arachnida: Aranei) of Azerbaijan. 1. New family and genus records. Arthropoda Selecta 12: 29-46 pdf

Otto S (2020) Caucasian spiders. A faunistic database on the spiders of the Caucasus Ecoregion. Database version 03.2020. Internet:

Pantini P, Bonelli D, Bonacci T (2020) I ragni epigei (Arachnida, Araneae) di un ambiente litoraneo della Calabria. Rivista del Museo Civico di Scienze Naturali "E. Caffi", Bergamo 32: 25-32 pdf

Pfliegler W P (2014) Records of some rare and interesting spider (Araneae) species from anthropogenic habitats in Debrecen, Hungary. e-Acta Naturalia Pannonica 7: 143-156 pdf

Rozwałka R, Rutkowski T, Bielak-Bielecki P (2013) New data on introduced and rare synanthropic spider species (Arachnida: Araneae) in Poland. Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Skłodowska, Lublin-Polonia 68: 127-150 pdf

Růžička V (2016) Pavouci České republiky [Spiders of the Czech Republic]. Pavouk 40: 2-4 pdf

Snazell R, Smithers P (2007) Pseudanapis aloha Forster (Araneae, Anapidae) from the Eden Project in Cornwall, England. Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 14: 74-76 pdf

World Spider Catalog (2020) World Spider Catalog. Version 21.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.03.2020) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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