Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Neospintharus  Exline, 1950   1 species

Neospintharus syriacus  (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1872)


Prosoma: cephalic part with 2 protuberances not bearing the median eyes. Colouration of body, shape of opisthosoma as in female.

Body length male: 2.4-4.6 mm

Prosoma red-brown to black. Legs yellowish, with some brown bands. Opisthosoma brown to black, mottled with silver, or silvery with black lines. Opisthosoma triangular in profile, posteriorly with 4 short projections.

Body length female: 3.7-5.3 mm
Additional information

In Pinus forests, maquis, Cytisus on slope.

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Global distribution (WSC 2022): Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel
 male  female
Distribution List
Cyprus   (Bosmans et al., 2019c) ||| Greece   (Knoflach-Thaler et al., 2008; Bosmans et al., 2013) ||| Greece / Crete   (Knoflach-Thaler et al., 2008; Bosmans et al., 2013) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (Danışman et al., 2022) |||

Bosmans R, Van Keer J, Russell-Smith A, Hadjiconstantis M, Komnenov M, Bosselaers J, Huber S, McCowan D, Snazell R, Decae A, Zoumides C, Kielhorn K-H, Oger P (2019c) Spiders of Cyprus (Araneae). A catalogue of all currently known species from Cyprus. Newsletter of the Belgian Arachnological Society 34, Suppl. 1: 1-173 pdf

Bosmans R, Van Keer J, Russell-Smith A, Kronestedt T, Alderweireldt M, Bosselaers J, De Koninck H (2013) Spiders of Crete (Araneae). A catalogue of all currently known species from the Greek island of Crete. Nieuwsbrief van de Belgische Arachnologische Vereniging 28 (Suppl. 1): 1-147 pdf

Danışman T, Kunt K B, Özkütük R S (2022) The checklist of the spiders of Turkey. Version 2022 [last updated 24 August 2022], online at pdf

Knoflach-Thaler B, Van Keer J, Askins M, Russell-Smith T (2008) Neospintharus syriacus – a widespread species in the Eastern Mediterranean? Newsletter of the British arachnological Society 113: 9 pdf

Levy G (1998b) Araneae: Theridiidae. In Fauna Palaestina, Arachnida III. Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem. , 228 pp. pdf

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

10-11-2022 Distribution update Detail
10-11-2022 Distribution insert Detail
04-06-2013 Image insert