Linyphiidae  Blackwall, 1859 / Silometopus  Simon, 1926   15 species

Silometopus curtus  (Simon, 1881)


Tibial apophysis short and straight. Prosoma brown to dark brown, median spot posteriorly blunt-angularly, 3 dark stripes radiating to the eyes, distinct radial stripes, margin of prosoma black. Sternum brown-black. Chelicerae yellow-brown. Legs yellow-brown, blackened distally. Opisthosoma black, flat, long oval, densely provided with impressed dots, ventrally dark grey. Spinnerets yellowish.

Body length male: 1.3-1.4 mm
Body length female: 1.5 mm
Additional information

In dune areas, tolerates flooding with sea water


Figures by Wiehle (1960a) and Locket & Millidge (1953) of Silometopus curtus have been transferred to Silometopus ambiguus because of misidentification (Locket et al. 1974; Blick, 2014)

Character states from linyphiid key
  No data
Distribution comment: Records from Malta and Egypt doubtful, therefore removed (see Blick 2014), Spain is doubtful too (Bosmans & Samu 2020)
Global distribution (WSC 2021): France, Hungary, Spain?, Malta?, Egypt?
 male  female
females until spring
Distribution List
France   (no references) ||| Hungary   (Bosmans & Samu, 2020) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

Blick T (2014) The long-lasting story of the wrong naming of Silometopus ambiguus as S. curtus (Araneae: Linyphiidae). Arachnologische Mitteilungen 47: 45-48 pdf

Bosmans R, Samu F (2020) Confirmation of Silometopus curtus (Araneae: Linyphiidae) in Hungary. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 60: 27-29 pdf

Branco V V, Morano E, Cardoso P (2019) An update to the Iberian spider checklist (Araneae). [N.B.: few records from this paper are not taken over and not commented] Zootaxa 4614: 201-254 pdf

Breitling R (2018) Eric Duffey's spider collection in the Manchester Museum – an update. Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society 141: 5-9 pdf

Denis J (1964d) Notes sur les érigonides. XXV. A propos de deux espèces de Camargue. Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France 88: 392-398 pdf

Locket G H (1964) Type material of British spiders in the O. Pickard-Cambridge collection at Oxford. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (13) 7: 257-278 pdf

Locket G H, Millidge A F (1953) British spiders. Vol. II. Ray Society, London, 449 pp. pdf

Locket G H, Millidge A F, Merrett P (1974) British Spiders, Volume III. Ray Society, London, 315 pp. pdf

Pfliegler W P (2018) Corrections and additions to 'Pfliegler et al. 2017 – New records of mites (Acari) and harvestmen (Opiliones) from Malta with a preliminary checklist of Maltese Arachnida'. Soil Organisms 90: 41-42 pdf

Simon E (1926) Les arachnides de France. Synopsis générale et catalogue des espèces françaises de l'ordre des Araneae. Tome VI. 2e partie. Roret, Paris, 309-532 pdf

Wiehle H (1960a) Spinnentiere oder Arachnoidea (Araneae). XI. Micryphantidae-Zwergspinnen. Die Tierwelt Deutschlands 47: 1-620 pdf

WSC (2021) World Spider Catalog. Version 21.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (03.01.2021) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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