Theridiidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Theridula  Emerton, 1882   3 species

Theridula gonygaster  (Simon, 1873)


Palp: embolus corkscrew-shaped. Prosoma yellow-white, 0.91 mm long. Opisthosoma: pattern as in female or dark unicolored.

Body length male: 1.3-1.7 mm

Epigyne with 2 distinct large openings in a depression. Prosoma unicolored black or with broad black median band and brighter sides, 0.6-0.74 mm long. Legs yellow-white. Opisthosoma black with large white spots, rhomboidal, wider than long, sometimes posteriorly with a median dorsal tubercle.

Body length female: 3-3.5 mm
Additional information

In cereal fields. This species of Central and South American 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 2018): Central and South America, Caribeean. Introduced to SW Europe, Congo, Madagascar, Seychelles, China, Japan
 male  female

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