Pholcidae  C. L. Koch, 1850 / Artema  Walckenaer, 1837   1 species

Artema atlanta  Walckenaer, 1837


Prosoma 4.4 mm long.

Body length male: 9.4 mm

Prosoma yellowish, with darkened grooves. Prosoma  4.3 mm long. Eyes subequal in size, anterior row straight, posterior row slightly procurved. Legs with brown annulations. Opisthosoma whitish, with dark irregular spots.

Body length female: 10 mm
Additional information

In buildings.

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

  Not established
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2017): Pantropical, introduced in Belgium

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World Spider Catalog (2017) World Spider Catalog, version 18.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at, accessed on 23.01.2017

14-03-2017 Distribution update Old value
06-01-2016 Image insert