Oecobiidae  Blackwall, 1862 / Oecobius  Lucas, 1846   15 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.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2024): Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda. Introduced to Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium
 male  female
Distribution List

"No references" does not mean that the species does not occur in this country, but that we have not yet inserted the reference for it. We are working on it.

Belgium   (Henrard et al., 2014; Bosmans & Van Keer, 2017) ||| Denmark   (Toft & Wunderlich, 2012) ||| Egypt   (El-Hennawy, 2004c) ||| Netherlands   (IJland, 2013) |||

Bosmans R, Van Keer K (2017) Een herziene soortenlijst van de Belgische spinnen (Araneae). Nieuwsbrief van de Belgische Arachnologische Vereniging 32: 39-69 pdf

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

Shear W A, Benoit P L G (1974) New species and new records in the genus Oecobius Lucas from Africa and nearby islands (Araneae: Oecobiidae: Oecobiinae). Revue Zoologique Africaine 88: 706-720 pdf

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

WSC (2024) World Spider Catalog. Version 25.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at http://wsc.nmbe.ch (22.01.2024) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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