Linyphiidae  Blackwall, 1859 / Tenuiphantes  Saaristo & Tanasevitch, 1996   25 species

Tenuiphantes cantabropyrenaeus  Bosmans, 2016


Pedipalp: basal branch of paracymbium with a sharp posterior tooth. Lamella characteristica sickle-shaped, distal end with 3 teeth. Embolus with a group of 10-11 teeth on basal part. Prosoma and chelicerae yellowish olive to yellowish brown. Prosoma length: 0.92-1.14 mm. Chelicerae with 4 promarginal and 3 smaller retromarginal teeth. Legs pale yellowish, TmI 0.23. Opisthosoma: dorsum mostly grey, with 4 pairs of chevrons and lateral stripe; area around spinnerets and venter dark grey; area between 2., 3. and 4. pair of chevrons as well as the 2 lateral stripes white, stripes sometimes interrupted. In some specimens the opisthosoma is nearly entirely black with indistinct grey chevrons.

Body length male: 1.8-2.2 mm

Epigyne: scape sigmoid and flattened, proscape with a narrow basal part and wider, rounded distal part; posterior median plate very wide. Vulva: spermathecae oval. Prosoma length: 0.90-0.99 mm.

Body length female: 1.8-2.2 mm
Additional information

In deciduous and pine forests from 200-1600 m a.s.l.

Similar species: T. jacksoni, T. jacksonoides.

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Global distribution (WSC 2020): Spain, France
 male  female
Distribution List
France   (no references) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

Bosmans R, Castro A (2016) Tenuiphantes cantabropyrenaeus n. sp., a new Cantabro-Pyrenean spider species (Araneae: Linyphiidae). Arachnology 17: 43-46 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

World Spider Catalog (2020) World Spider Catalog. Version 21.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.03.2020) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

31-05-2016 Distribution update Detail
31-05-2016 Image insert