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

Germany (introduced): hothouse in litter layer (Kielhorn 2016).

  Not established
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2021): Southeast Asia. Introduced to USA to Panama, Caribbean, Venezuela, Brazil, Canary Is., Middle East, Japan (Ogasawara Is.), Pacific Is.
 male  female
Distribution List
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

WSC (2021) World Spider Catalog. Version 22.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.09.2021) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

07-05-2021 Distribution update Detail
19-02-2019 Distribution update Detail
25-05-2016 Distribution update Detail
25-05-2016 Image insert