Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Steatoda  Sundevall, 1833   14 species

Steatoda nobilis  (Thorell, 1875)


Epigynal groove with broad septum. Prosoma dark red-brown, with darker radial pattern. Legs light yellow-brown. Tibia distally darker than remaining leg. Opisthosoma female: purple-brown with whitish stripe. Male: with dark purple folium pattern, beige and white, 4 larger reddish impressed spots.

Body length male: 7.8-10.6 mm
Body length female: 9.5-14 mm
Additional information

On fences, stone walls, tree trunks, in hedges, on buildings, also inside buildings in the north. Originally distributed on Canary Islands and Madeira, apparently distributed with banana transports.

This species of Macaronesian origin is not native to Europe (alien species). It had been introduced to Europe at least once and did establish.

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Global distribution (WSC 2019): Macaronesia. Introduced to USA, Chile, Europe, Turkey, Iran
 male  female

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Snazell R, Jones D (1993) The theridiid spider Steatoda nobilis (Thorell, 1875) in Britain. Bull Br Arachnol Soc 9: 164-167

Taberlet J-P (unpubl.)

Van Keer K (2010) An update on the verified reports of imported spiders (Araneae) from Belgium. Nieuwsbr Belg Arachnol Ver 25: 210-214

World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.01.2019) doi: 10.24436/2

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