Amaurobiidae  Thorell, 1870 / Amaurobius  C. L. Koch, 1837   37 species

Amaurobius similis  (Blackwall, 1861)

Description

Dorsal tibial apophysis with straightly truncated lateral process. Epigyne with large, trapezoid groove. Prosoma yellowish-brown, sides and eye region darkened. Sternum yellowish. Chelicerae brown. Legs red-brown, vaguely annulated. Opisthosoma yellowish grey or reddish, with 4 black spots dorsally in anterior part, often merged.

Body length male: 6.5-8 mm
Body length female: 9-12 mm
Additional information

Under stones, in crevices, under bark and in basements.

This species can bite humans when accidently squeezing them. The bite leads in one case to numbness in the arm, disappearing after one hour (J. Wolff, personal communication).

Frequency: Rare in Central Europe

Distribution
  Presence
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2019): Europe, Caucasus. Introduced to North America
Phenology
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References

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Roberts M J (1995) Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe. Collins Field Guide Bath

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Wiehle H (1953) Spinnentiere oder Arachnoidea (Araneae), IX. Orthognatha-Cribellata-Haplogynae, Entelegynae (Pholcidae, Zodariidae, Oxyopidae, Mimetidae, Nesticidae). Tierwelt Deutschlands 42

World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at http://wsc.nmbe.ch (20.09.2019) doi: 10.24436/2

Updates
13-10-2017 Distribution update Old value
28-04-2013 Distribution update Old value
09-04-2013 Distribution update Old value