Eresidae  C. L. Koch, 1845 / Eresus  Walckenaer, 1805   15 species

Eresus sandaliatus  (Martini & Goeze, 1778)


Conductor distally long and pointed, with deep furrow. Prosoma 4 mm long. Legs III and IV entirely black, without red hairs. Opisthosoma with 3 pairs of black spots that are usually not bordered with white hairs.

Body length male: 6-11 mm

Epigyne almost rectangular, anteriorly not divided. Vulva narrow anteriorly. Entrance ducts hardly lobed. Prosoma black and grey, never with yellow hairs. Prosoma 7.9 mm long.

Body length female: 8-20 mm
Additional information

35-80 eggs in cocoon, biology presumably similar to E. cinnaberinus. In dry sandy heathland.

This species can bite humans. A bite into a finger caused pain, spreading to the axilla, with fever-like symptoms and an increased heart rate. After one hour the patient had partially recovered and after 2 hours the symptoms had alleviated, but a strong headache lasted for one day and the finger remained sensitive for several days.


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Distribution comment: Omitted from the Italian checklist by Pantini & Isaia (2017), records from Italy doubtful. Records from Turkey belong to another, undescribed species (Řezáč et al. 2008: 277).
Global distribution (WSC 2019): Europe
 male  female

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