Linyphiidae  Blackwall, 1859 / Leptothrix  Menge, 1869   1 species

Leptothrix hardyi  (Blackwall, 1850)


Tibial apophysis short, bent. Embolus robust and broad, S-like bent. Paracymbium small and inconspicuous. Epigyne with distinctly indented posterior margin. Large, egg-shaped receptaculum seminis laterally. Prosoma brown, with distinctly darker margin. Male with strongly haired tubercle in eye region. Sternum brown. Chelicerae dark brown, anterior cheliceral furrow margin with 5, posterior with 2-4 denticles. Legs yellow-brown, short and robust. Opisthosoma unicoloured dark grey-black.

Body length male: 2-3.8 mm
Body length female: 3-4.8 mm
Additional information

in moss of humid forests

Frequency: Rarely found

Character states from linyphiid key
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2019): Europe
 male  female

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22-02-2017 Datasheet update Old value
22-02-2017 Distribution update Old value