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.

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Global distribution (WSC 2021): Spain
 male  female
juveniles all over the year
Distribution List
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

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

30-12-2016 Image insert
06-12-2016 Datasheet update Detail
06-12-2016 Distribution update Detail