Macrothelidae  Simon, 1892 / Macrothele  Ausserer, 1871   3 species

Macrothele cretica  Kulczyński, 1903


Bulbus of male palp simple. Embolus long, slightly curved. Prosoma middle red-brown with darker striae. Sternum oval, with 6 oval sigilla. Distal part of chelicerae with short, strong hairs. Opisthosoma pale yellow-grey. 4 Spinnerets, posterior laterals long, three-segmented, with retrolateral subsegmentation of basal segment

Body length male: 14.4 mm
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Global distribution (WSC 2019): Greece (Crete)

Chatzaki M, Komnenov M (2019) Description of a new Chaetopelma (Araneae, Theraphosidae) species from Crete and a re-description of Macrothele cretica Kulczyński, 1903 (Araneae, Macrothelidae). Zootaxa 4544: 269-284 pdf

Helsdingen P J van (2010a) Araneae. In: Fauna Europaea Database (Version 2010.1), online at

Snazell R, Allison R (1989) The genus Macrothele Ausserer (Araneae, Hexathelidae) in Europe. Bull Br arachnol Soc 8: 65-72

World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.01.2019) doi: 10.24436/2

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