Araneidae  Clerck, 1757 / Gibbaranea  Archer, 1951   6 species

Gibbaranea bruuni  Lissner, 2016


Prosoma dark brown and densely covered with whitish and light brown hairs. Opisthosoma with only weakly developed humps and dark folium. Dark spots only in anterior part. Opisthosoma densely covered with hairs of same colour. Coxa I with posterior-apical hook or tooth. Legs annulated, apart from proximal part of femora. Median apophysis of the pedipalp with unequal peak protruding out of one edge of the apical part.

Body length male: 2.6-4.2 mm

Colour similar to male, yet quite variable. Tooth on coxa I missing.  Humps of opisthosoma strongly pronounced.

Body length female: 3.6-4.8 mm
Additional information

Smallest member of the genus.

On shrubs and lower branches of conifers in fairly shaded areas. Also found on thorny, unpalatable shrubs in open forests with grazing lifestock.

Collected on Mallorca from 380-815 m, in North Africa only found at sea level up to 200 m.

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Global distribution (WSC 2024): Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Tunisia
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.

Algeria   (Lissner & Bosmans, 2016; Benhacene et al., 2023) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Lissner & Bosmans, 2016) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   (Branco et al., 2019; Lissner & Bosmans, 2016) ||| Tunisia   (Lissner & Bosmans, 2016) |||

Barrientos J A, Febrer B (2017) Arañas (Arachnida, Araneae) de Menorca (Islas Baleares, España). Nuevos datos. Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 31: 8-24 pdf

Barrientos J A, Febrer J B (2018) Arañas (Arachnida, Araneae) de Menorca (Islas Baleares, España). 2: “adenda et corrigenda”. Descripción de tres especies nuevas. Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 33: 39-51 pdf

Benhacene R, Adjami A, Hadjeb A, Kermiche K, Ouakid M L (2023) Bibliographic checklist of the Algerian spider fauna (Araneae). Zootaxa 5352: 301-357 pdf

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

Lissner J, Bosmans R (2016) Description of a new Gibbaranea (Araneae: Araneidae) from the Western Mediterranean. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 52: 25-30 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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