Gnaphosidae  Pocock, 1898 / Zelotes  Gistel, 1848   125 species

Zelotes puritanus  Chamberlin, 1922


Tibial apophysis is smaller or equal length of tibia. Epigyne with 3/4 circular, closed cuticula fold on posterior margin. Prosoma grey to black-brown. Sternum red-brown, labium red-brown. Chelicerae red-brown. Femur I with bright spot. Opisthosoma grey-brown to black-brown, with dark brown scuticula.

Body length male: 4.2-6 mm
Body length female: 5.5-6 mm
Additional information

In rocky heathland and open forests, thermophilic, up to 1800m

This species has a Holarctic distribution, from North America via South Siberia into the Ukraine. The European records represent the most westerly populations of this species, spreading since the late 1970s. Therefore, this species is not seen here as alien to Europe.

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Global distribution (WSC 2022): North America, Europe, Turkey, Russia (Europe to Far East), Kazakhstan, Iran
 male  female
Distribution List
Austria   (no references) ||| Czechia   (no references) ||| France   (no references) ||| Germany   (no references) ||| Italy   (Pantini et al., 2020b) ||| Liechtenstein   (no references) ||| Norway   (Aakra & Hauge, 2003) ||| Poland   (no references) ||| Russia, Eastern   (Tuneva & Esyunin, 2003a) ||| Russia, Southern   (Otto, 2022) ||| Slovakia   (no references) ||| Sweden   (Kronestedt, 2001) ||| Switzerland   (no references) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (Danışman et al., 2021a) ||| Ukraine   (Polchaninova et al., 2021) |||

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Fjellberg A (unpubl.)

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Platnick N I, Shadab M U (1983) A revision of the American spiders of the genus Zelotes (Araneae, Gnaphosidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 174: 97-192 pdf

Polchaninova N, Gnelitsa V, Terekhova V, Iosypchuk A (2021) New and rare spider species (Arachnida, Araneae) from Ukraine. Zoodiversity 55: 95-112 pdf

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