Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Neottiura  Menge, 1868   6 species

Neottiura curvimana  (Simon, 1914)


Palp brown. Cymbium very large. Prosoma 1 mm long. Prosoma, sternum and chelicerae brown. Legs yellow-brown, patella darker, tibia and metatarsus apically darker. Opisthosoma light brown, dorsally with black and white patches, ventrally as in female.

Body length male: 2.2 mm

Vulva with swollen epigaster, entrance ducts strongly convoluted, forming double helix. Palp: uniformly light yellow. Prosoma 0.8-1 mm long. Prosoma, sternum and chelicerae brown. Legs light yellow, with dark annulations. Opisthosoma whitish reticulated with light brown, dorsally with 2 lateral series of small dark spots, and a single median spot posteriorly, ventrally dark, with a transverse median white patch and 2 small white spots near spinnerets.

Body length female: 2-3 mm
Additional information

In cork oak woods, heathlands and grasslands.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2024): Portugal, Spain, France, Algeria
 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.

Algeria   (Benhacene et al., 2023) ||| France   (no references) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

Benhacene R, Adjami A, Hadjeb A, Kermiche K, Ouakid M L (2023) Bibliographic checklist of the Algerian spider fauna (Araneae). Zootaxa 5352: 301-357 pdf

Bosmans R. (unpubl.) Provisional list of spiders of North Africa. Database excerpt Aug. 2019

Branco V V, Morano E, Cardoso P (2019) An update to the Iberian spider checklist (Araneae). Zootaxa 4614: 201-254 pdf

Cárdenas M, Barrientos J A (2011) Arañas del olivar andaluz (Arachnida; Araneae). Aspectos faunísticos. Zoologica Baetica 22: 99-136 pdf

Knoflach B (1999) The comb-footed spider genera Neottiura and Coleosoma in Europe (Araneae, Theridiidae). Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft 71: 341-371 pdf

Le Peru B (2011) The spiders of Europe, a synthesis of data: Volume 1 Atypidae to Theridiidae. Mémoires de la Société Linnéenne de Lyon 2: 1-522 pdf

Vanuytven H, Van Keer J, Poot P (1994) Kogelspinnen verzameld in Zuid-Europa door P. Poot (Araneae, Theridiidae). Nieuwsbrief van de Belgische Arachnologische Vereniging 9: 1-19 pdf

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

Wunderlich J (2023) Contribution to the spider (Araneida) fauna of the Algarve, Portugal, with notes on the phylogeny of the superfamily Araneoidea and the description of the new araneoid family Fonteferridae. Beiträge zur Araneologie 16: 4-112 pdf

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