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female E. ovata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Theridiidae
Genus: Enoplognatha
Pavesi, 1880
71 species
female E. abrupta

Spiders in the genus Enoplognatha are, for theridiids, medium to large sized. Like Steatoda, they have a large colulus and a subspherical abdomen. Males usually have enlarged chelicerae.

They can be found almost everywhere on earth.

E. maricopa is largely red-brown, with a mottled purplish abdomen. They reach a length of 3.4 mm in males, and 2.9 mm in females. Female E. peruviana reach about 6.5 mm, female E. zapfei even 9.2 mm.



  • Levi, H.W. (1962): The Spider Genera Steatoda and Enoplognatha in America (Araneae, Theridiidae). Psyche 69:11-36. (with key to American species)

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