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Images and Species Descriptions
Text and photographs © 2011 Jørgen Lissner
The Spiders of Europe and Greenland
Family: Oonopidae (Dwarf Cell Spiders)
Biology: Some species occurring in North and Central Europe are introduced to greenhouses and other buildings from warmer regions.
Characters of family: The members of this family are rather small, about 2 mm in body length. They have only six, relatively large eyes that are virtually contigous and situated on a narrow head, marginally wider than the eyegroup. The species are generally coloured in shades of red, pink and orange.
Genus: Oonopinus Simon, 1893
Oonopinus angustatus (Simon, 1882)
Range: France (Corsica), France (Mainland), Spain (Balearic Islands), Spain (Mainland) (van Helsdingen 2009.1). Global range: Spain, France, Corsica, Algeria (Platnick 10.0).
Genus: Orchestina Simon, 1882
Orchestina longipes Dalmas, 1922
Range: Italy (Mainland), Spain (Balearic Islands) (van Helsdingen 2009.1). Global range: Italy (Platnick 10.0).
Female.
Female.
Female.
Female.
Orchestina pavesiiformis Saaristo, 2007
Range: Spain (Balearic Islands) (van Helsdingen 2009.1). Global range: Israel (Platnick 10.0).
Male.
Female.
Female.
Male.
Male.
Genus: Silhouettella Benoit, 1979
Silhouettella loricatula (Roewer, 1942)
Range: Bulgaria, Denmark (introduced), France (Mainland), Germany, Greece (Dodecanese Islands), Greece (Mainland), Italy (Mainland), Italy (Sardinia), Italy (Sicily), Malta, Netherlands, Portugal (Mainland), Spain (Balearic Islands), Spain (Canary Islands), Spain (Mainland) (van Helsdingen 2009.1). Global range: Europe to Central Asia, North Africa, Canary Is (Platnick 10.0).
Juvenile (1.2 mm, uncertain id). Determined from shape of abdominal scuta, recurv posterior eyerow and habitat.
Juvenile.
Juvenile.
Male.
Male.
Male.