Oonopidae  Simon, 1890 / Opopaea  Simon, 1892   5 species

Opopaea deserticola  Simon, 1892


Pedipalp: bulbus 1 to 1.5 times as long as cymbium. Prosoma pale orange, without pattern, eyes (6) well developed. Sternum uniformly pale orange. Cheliceren pale orange, pro- and retromargin without teeth. Legs uniformly yellow. Opisthosoma with pale orange, strongly sclerotized scutum.

Body length male: 1.25 mm

Vulva: receptaculum (in dorsal view) short, T-shaped, situated near epigastric furrow. Colouration as in males. Dorsal scutum covering more than 3/4 of opisthosoma.

Body length female: 1.50 mm
Additional information

Hothouse in litter layer.

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

  Not established
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2024): Southeast Asia. Introduced to USA to Panama, Caribbean, Venezuela, Brazil, Ascension Is., Cabo Verde, Canary Is., Middle East, Japan (Ryukyu and Ogasawara Is.), Pacific Is.
 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.

Germany   (Kielhorn, 2016) |||

Kielhorn K-H (2016) Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Webspinnen und Weberknechte in Berlin und Brandenburg. Märkische Entomologische Nachrichten 17(2): 261-286 pdf

Platnick N I, Dupérré N (2009a) The goblin spider genera Opopaea and Epectris (Araneae, Oonopidae) in the New World. American Museum Novitates 3649: 1-43 pdf

Sherwood D, Dunlop J, Sharp A (2024) On the identity of Opopaea euphorbicola Strand, 1909 and first records of three other non-native goblin spiders from Ascension Island (Araneae: Oonopidae). Zootaxa 5437: 125-130 pdf

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

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