Cheiracanthiidae  Wagner, 1887 / Cheiracanthium  C. L. Koch, 1839   35 species

Cheiracanthium ilicis  Morano & Bonal, 2016


Prosoma yellowish, ocular region darker. Immatures have a homogeneous pale green colour, changing to yellow reaching sexual maturity. Clypeus narrower than diameter of AME. Sternum triangular and orangish. Chelicerae dark brown-orange with small basal condyle on external surface. Palp as well as patellae and tarsi of legs completely spineless, femora with two pairs of lateral spines, metatarsi III/IV with three pairs of lateral spines, tibia I with 9-11 ventral spines. Palp: Tarsus longer than patella and tibia together.

Body length male: 9.4 mm

Appearance and colouration similar to male, but tending larger and with shorter legs. Eyes slightly larger than in males. Female palp with a simple straight claw. Variability in spination pattern greater than in males.

Body length female: 8.8-9.7 mm
Additional information

Obligate tree dweller, prefers the tree canopy.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2024): Spain
 male  female
juveniles all over the year
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.

Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

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

Morano E, Bonal R (2016) Cheiracanthium ilicis sp. n. (Araneae, Eutichuridae), a novel spider species associated with Holm Oaks (Quercus ilex). ZooKeys 601: 21-39 pdf

Urones C (2023) Cheiracanthium C.L. Koch, 1839 (Araneae, Cheiracanthiidae) ibéricos y de la región Paleártico-occidental. 1. Novedades sobre Ch. mildei L. Koch, 1864 y Ch. ilicis Morano & Bonal, 2016. Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 43: 9-29 pdf

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

02-05-2024 Image insert
30-12-2016 Image insert
06-12-2016 Datasheet update Detail
06-12-2016 Distribution update Detail