Male Erigone atra, copyright Michael Hohner.

Belongs within: Linyphiidae.

Erigone is a cosmopolitan genus of small spiders, one of the group commonly known as 'money spiders'. The genus is most diverse in the Holarctic region. Many species are widespread and are probably good aerial dispersers.

Characters (from here): Margin of carapace bearing teeth (large in male, small in female); tibial spination 2-2-1-1, tibia I without ventral spines; metatarsus IV without trichobothrion.

<==Erigone Audouin 1826 [Erigoneae] PVD10
    |--E. arctica (White 1852) BBM02
    |--E. atra (Blackwall 1833) BH02
    |--E. autumnalis Emerton 1882 WCH11
    |--E. dentipalpis (Wider 1834) SS02
    |--E. dentosa BS09
    |--E. eisenschmidti Wunderlich 1976 W76
    |--E. graminicola K01
    |--E. longipalpis (Sundevall 1830) BBM02
    |--E. piechockii Heimer 1987 MKD01
    |--E. prominens Bösenberg & Strand 1906 PVD10
    |--E. promiscua (Cambridge 1873) BBM02
    |--E. vagans Audouin 1827 [incl. E. jeannei Bristowe 1935] W77
    `--E. wiltoni Locket 1973 PVD10

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BH02] Bell, J. R., A. J. Haughton, N. D. Boatman & A. Wilcox. 2002. Do incremental increases of the herbicide glyphosate have indirect consequences for spider communities? Journal of Arachnology 30 (2): 288–297.

[BS09] Blackledge, T. A., N. Scharff, J. A. Coddington, T. Szüts, J. W. Wenzel, C. Y. Hayashi & I. Agnarsson. 2009. Reconstructing web evolution and spider diversification in the molecular era. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 106 (13): 5229–5234.

[BBM02] Bonte, D., L. Baert & J.-P. Maelfait. 2002. Spider assemblage structure and stability in a heterogeneous coastal dune system (Belgium). Journal of Arachnology 30 (2): 331–343.

[K01] Kulczyński, V. 1901. Arachnoideák [Arachnoidea]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 311–369. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.

[MKD01] Marusik, Y. M., S. Koponen & S. N. Danilov. 2001. Taxonomic and faunistic notes on linyphiids of Transbaikalia and South Siberia (Araneae, Linyphiidae). Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 12 (2): 83–92.

[PVD10] Paquin, P., C. J. Vink & N. Dupérré. 2010. Spiders of New Zealand: annotated family key and species list. Manaaki Whenua Press: Lincoln (New Zealand).

[SS02] Samu, F., & C. Szinetár. 2002. On the nature of agrobiont spiders. Journal of Arachnology 30 (2): 389–402.

[WCH11] Welch, K. D., P. R. Crain & J. D. Harwood. 2011. Phenological dynamics of web-building spider populations in alfalfa: implications for biological control. Journal of Arachnology 39 (2): 244–249.

[W76] Wunderlich, J. 1976. Spinnen aus Australien. 2. Linyphiidae (Arachnida: Araneida). Senckenbergiana Biologica 57 (1–3): 125–142.

[W77] Wunderlich, J. 1977. Zur Synonymie südeuropäischer Spinnen (Arachnida: Araneida: Theridiidae, Linyphiidae, Gnaphosidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 57 (4–6): 289–293.

Last updated: 9 January 2022.

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