Lycosidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Arctosa  C. L. Koch, 1847   35 species

Arctosa villica  (Lucas, 1846)


Prosoma yellow-brown, whitish median and lateral stripes, median stripe slightly widened, V-shaped, vague anteriorly, with narrow dark line in head region. Lateral stripes with 3-4 brown marginal spots and with 2-3 distinct spots. Sternum yellowish. Legs red-yellow. Femur with 2 or 3 brown rings. Opisthosoma provided with fine, yellowish hairs, and several red-brown stout hairs. Narrow, lancet-shaped median stripe in anterior half, flanked by dark spots. Dark spots indicate triangular patterns in posterior half. Laterally and ventrally yellowish.

Body length female: 13 mm
Additional information

in dry localities, under stones, often near coasts

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Distribution comment: Omitted from the Italian checklist by Pantini & Isaia (2015)
Global distribution (WSC 2020): Western Mediterranean
Distribution List
Algeria   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| France   (no references) ||| Morocco   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Tunisia   (Bosmans, unpubl.) |||

Bosmans R. (unpubl.) Provisional list of spiders of North Africa. Database excerpt Aug. 2019

Branco V V, Morano E, Cardoso P (2019) An update to the Iberian spider checklist (Araneae). [N.B.: few records from this paper are not taken over and not commented] Zootaxa 4614: 201-254 pdf

Murphy F, Tongiorgi P (1979) Arctosa villica (Lucas) 1846: drawings and observations. Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 4: 402-406 pdf

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

World Spider Catalog (2020) World Spider Catalog. Version 21.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.03.2020) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

02-01-2018 Image insert
29-12-2014 Distribution update Detail