Mysmenidae  Petrunkevitch, 1928 / Mysmena  Simon, 1894   2 species

Mysmena leucoplagiata  (Simon, 1880)


Prosoma olive-brown, 0.36 mm long. Sternum unpigmented. Clypeus high, concave. Legs darkly annulated, coxae unpigmented. Metatarsus I: with thorn. Opisthosoma oblique oval, markedly higher than long, but without tubercle.

Body length male: 0.8 mm

Epigyne with long scapus. Prosoma 0.4 mm long. Sternum a little longer than wide. Eyes: AME one diameter apart, almost contiguous to ALE, PME scarcely closer to each other than to PLE. Clypeus concave. Chelicerae: anterior margin with 3 teeth, posterior margin with one tooth. Opisthosoma brown, dorsally with 3 pairs of white blotches, lighter below and behind.

Body length female: 1.2 mm
Additional information

In dry litter, between branches, under stones, in oak, chestnut and pine forests. This species builds a small orb web.

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Global distribution (WSC 2021): Southern Europe to Azerbaijan, Israel
Distribution List
Azerbaijan   (Otto, 2020) ||| Cyprus   (Bosmans et al., 2019c) ||| France   (no references) ||| France / Corsica   (no references) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sicily   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (no references) |||

Bosmans R, Van Keer J, Russell-Smith A, Hadjiconstantis M, Komnenov M, Bosselaers J, Huber S, McCowan D, Snazell R, Decae A, Zoumides C, Kielhorn K-H, Oger P (2019c) Spiders of Cyprus (Araneae). A catalogue of all currently known species from Cyprus. Newsletter of the Belgian Arachnological Society 34, Suppl. 1: 1-173 pdf

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

Kraus O (1967a) Tapinesthis inermis, eine für Deutschland neue Oonopide (Arachnida: Araneae: Oonopidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 48: 381-385 pdf

Loksa I (1973) On the morpholgy and systematical position of Mysmena leucoplagiata (Simon, 1879) (Araneae: Symphytognathidae). Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 19: 283-287 pdf

Marusik Y M, Kunt K B (2011) Spiders (Aranei) new to the fauna of Turkey. 9. Two new family records (Mysmenidae and Synaphridae) and one species record of Mimetidae. Caucasian Entomological Bulletin 7: 3-5 pdf

Otto S (2020) Caucasian spiders. A faunistic database on the spiders of the Caucasus Ecoregion. Database version 03.2020. Internet:

Pantini P, Isaia M (2019) the online catalog of Italian spiders, with addenda on other arachnid orders occurring in Italy (Arachnida: Araneae, Opiliones, Palpigradi, Pseudoscorpionida, Scorpiones, Solifugae). Fragmenta Entomologica 51: 127-152 pdf

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

Wunderlich J (1980d) Über europäische Symphytognathidae (Arach.: Araneae). Verhandlungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins in Hamburg (NF) 23: 259-273 pdf

03-10-2017 Distribution update Detail
18-12-2014 Image insert