Ctenizidae  Thorell, 1887 / Cteniza  Latreille, 1829   3 species

Cteniza moggridgei  O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1874


Male palp with denticles on coxae. Prosoma predominantly black. Male: prosoma roundish, labium with denticles. Opisthosoma predominantly black (black is often fading to brown in preserved specimens), ventrally whitish, distinctly marked off from black body colour.

Body length male: 11-13 mm
Body length female: 14-18 mm
Additional information

Southern of Alps between Antibes (France) and Savona (Italy)

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Distribution comment: Buchli (1968) lists this species for France and Italy (Mediterranean coast). Chatzaki (pers.comm.) found it on Corsica, which is not confirmed by Decae et al. (2019). Greece (Moggridge 1873, Deltshev 2008b) not counted, Sardinia (Trotta 2011) needs confirmation.
Global distribution (WSC 2021): France, Italy
Distribution List
France   (Le Peru, 2007) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) |||

Buchli H (1968) Notes sur la mygale terricole Cteniza moggridgei (Pick. Cambr. 1874). Revue d'Écologie et de Biologie du Sol 5: 1-40 pdf

Canard A (2018) Une nouvelle espèce de Mygale (Araneae, Ctenizidae): Cteniza genevieveae n. sp. (♀) découverte au sud de la Corse. Revue Arachnologique (2) 5: 30-35 pdf

Decae A, Mammola S, Rizzo P, Isaia M (2019) Systematics, ecology and distribution of the mygalomorph spider genus Cteniza Latreille, 1829 (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Ctenizidae). Zootaxa 4550: 499-524 pdf

Deltshev C D (2008b) Faunistic diversity and zoogeography of cave-dwelling spiders on the Balkan Peninsula. p. 327-348. In: Makarov S E & Dimitrijevic R N (Eds): Advances in arachnology and developmental biology. Papers dedicated to Prof. Dr. Božidar Curcic. Monographs 12. 517 pp. pdf

Le Peru B (2007) Catalogue et répartition des araignées de France. Revue Arachnologique 16: 1-468

Moggridge J T (1873) Harvesting ants and trap-door spiders. L. Reeve & Co. London, pp. 1-156, pl. 1-12. pdf

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

Pantini P, Sassu A, Serra G (2013) Catalogue of the spiders (Arachnida Araneae) of Sardinia. Biodiversity Journal 4: 3-104 pdf

Trotta A (2011) Second contribution to the knowledge of the spiders of Sardinia (Arachnida, Araneae). Conservazione Habitat Invertebrati 5: 137-161 pdf

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

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