Lycosidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Pardosa  C. L. Koch, 1847   126 species

Pardosa torrentum  Simon, 1876


Terminal apophysis of male palpal pointed and with robust tooth. Prosoma dark brown, prosoma length female: 2.6-2.8 mm, prosoma length male: 2.4-2.7 mm. Legs yellow-brown, distinctly annulated. Femur dorsally patterned with brown. Opisthosoma dark brown, with brownish, arrow-shaped spot in anterior part, anteriorly black, posteriorly yellow-red margined, spots surrounded with purple-black.

Body length female: 6.1 mm
Additional information

From lowland to mountains, in sandy localities with scarce vegetation, also in humid areas.

Video: Courtship behaviour (Chiarle et al. 2013)

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Distribution comment: Tongiorgi (1966a): Pyrenees, but no verified record from Spain is known
Global distribution (WSC 2023): France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Georgia
 male  female
Distribution List
Austria   (no references) ||| France   (no references) ||| Georgia   (Otto, 2022) ||| Germany   (no references) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Liechtenstein   (no references) ||| Switzerland   (no references) |||

Chiarle A, Kronestedt T, Isaia M (2013) Courtship behavior in European species of the genus Pardosa (Araneae: Lycosidae). Journal of Arachnology 41: 108-125 pdf

Kropf C, Hänggi A, Braunwalder M (2000) Zwei neue Spinnenarten für die Schweiz (Arachnida, Araneae). Jahrbuch des Naturhistorischen Museums Bern 13: 21-26 pdf

Otto S (2022) Caucasian spiders. A faunistic database on the spiders of the Caucasus Ecoregion. Database version 02.2022. Internet:

Pantini P, Isaia M (2019) the online catalog of Italian spiders, with addenda on other arachnid orders occurring in Italy (Arachnida: Araneae, Opiliones, Palpigradi, Pseudoscorpionida, Scorpiones, Solifugae). Fragmenta Entomologica 51: 127-152 pdf

Tongiorgi P (1966a) Italian Wolf spiders of the genus Pardosa (Araneae: Lycosidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 134: 275-334 pdf

WSC (2022) World Spider Catalog. Version 23.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (21.07.2022) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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