Oecobiidae  Blackwall, 1862 / Oecobius  Lucas, 1846   13 species

Oecobius amboseli  Shear & Benoit, 1974


Colouration variable. Prosoma yellowish brown, marginal and median parts more or less darkened. Clypeus darkened. Sternum light grey. Legs yellow to grey, annulated. Opisthosoma grey, dorsum with numerous white spots, median part usually darkened.

Body length male: 1.8-2.2 mm
Body length female: 2.2-2.8 mm
Additional information

Only in buildings.

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

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Global distribution (WSC 2020): Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda. Introduced to Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium
Distribution List
Belgium   (Henrard et al., 2014) ||| Denmark   (Toft & Wunderlich, 2012) ||| Egypt   (El-Hennawy, 2004c) ||| Netherlands   (IJland, 2013) |||

El-Hennawy H K (2004c) Oecobius amboseli Shear & Benoit, 1974, a new record from Egypt (Araneida: Oecobiidae). Serket 9: 68-71 pdf

Henrard A, Van Keer J, Jocqué R (2014) On the spider species Oecobius amboseli Shear & Benoit, 1974 (Araneae; Oecobiidae) newly found in Belgium and Rwanda. Nieuwsbrief van de Belgische Arachnologische Vereniging 29: 1-8 pdf

IJland S (2013) Oecobius amboseli Shear & Benoit, 1974 (Araneae, Oecobiidae) found in the Netherlands and Ethiopia. Nieuwsbrief SPINED 33: 39-40 pdf

Toft S, Wunderlich J (2012) Oecobius amboseli Shear & Benoit 1974 (Araneae: Oecobiidae), a recently to Denamrk and Europe introduced species. Beiträge zur Araneologie 7: 247-250 pdf

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

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