Amblyocarenum nuragicus

Amblyocarenum nuragicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Mygalomorphae
Family: Cyrtaucheniidae
Genus: Amblyocarenum
Species: A. nuragicus
Binomial name
Amblyocarenum nuragicus
Decae, Colombo & Manunza, 2014[1]

Amblyocarenum nuragicus, or also Nuragic spider, is a spider in the family Cyrtaucheniidae. It is endemic to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where it is pretty much common to be found on the surface in the summer, and its scientific name pays homage to the Nuragic civilization. The body length ranges from 17 to 25 mm.

After a study dating back to 2007,[2] the Nuragic spider finally classified as a distinct species from others belonging to the family Cyrtauchenius only in 2014. Further research upon the peculiarities of this spider has led to differentiate the two genera Cyrtauchenius and Amblyocarenum that, until the aforementioned discovery, were considered to be actually the same.[3]

Albeit similar at first glance, this spider is not to be confused with Cteniza sauvagesi,[4] in that it is quite different from a taxonomical and morphological point of view.


  1. "Taxon details Amblyocarenum nuragicus Decae, Colombo & Manunza, 2014", World Spider Catalog, Natural History Museum Bern, retrieved 2015-10-22
  2. II ragno del nuraghe - National Geographic Italia
  3. Decae & Bosmans, 2014
  4. A Porto Conte un ragno tutto sardo ribattezzato “Nuragicus” - La Nuova Sardegna


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