Theraphosidae  Thorell, 1869 / Ischnocolus  Ausserer, 1871   3 species

Ischnocolus valentinus  (Dufour, 1820)


Body uniform blackish brown. Chelicerae apically with 2 or 3 small spines on interior side. Anterior tarsi without spines, with scopula, posterior metatarsi with spines, tarsal claws pectinated, with 4 external teeth and 7 or 8 internal denticles, leg IV the longest. Bulb oval, embolus straight.


Basic colour brown with long, shaggy, dirty, yellow hairs. Opisthosoma darkish with indistinct pattern. Epigyne: seminal receptacles broad and well-rounded with bowed sides.

Additional information

Mediterranean habitat with sparse oaks and bushes. Under large, rather flattish stones. Altitude 100-200 m above sea level.

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Global distribution (WSC 2022): Spain, Italy (Sicily), Morocco, Algeria, Tunesia, Libya
Distribution List
Algeria   (Guadanucci & Wendt, 2014) ||| Italy / Sicily   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Libya   (Guadanucci & Wendt, 2014) ||| Morocco   (Guadanucci & Wendt, 2014) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Tunisia   (Guadanucci & Wendt, 2014; Bosmans, 2003) |||

Bosmans R (2003) A checklist of the spiders of Tunisia, with description of a new species of Palliduphantes Saaristo & Tanasevitch (Araneae: Linyphiidae). Kaupia - Darmstädter Beiträge zur Naturgeschichte 12: 89-109 pdf

Branco V V, Morano E, Cardoso P (2019) An update to the Iberian spider checklist (Araneae). Zootaxa 4614: 201-254 pdf

Decae A (unpubl.)

Guadanucci J P L & Wendt I (2014) Revision of the spider genus Ischnocolus Ausserer, 1871 (Mygalomorphae: Theraphosidae: Ischnocolinae). Journal of Natural History 48: 387-402 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

Tamajón Gómez R, Pertegal Pérez C, Rodríguez Castilla G (2020) Primeros registros de Ischnocolus valentinus (Dufour, 1820) (Araneae: Theraphosidae) en la provincia de Córdoba (Andalucía, España). Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 36: 165-166 pdf

WSC (2022) World Spider Catalog. Version 23.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (21.01.2022) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

Zonstein S L (2018) Complementary data on the genus Ischnocolus (Araneae: Theraphosidae). Israel Journal of Entomology 48: 105-118 pdf

02-08-2021 Distribution update Detail
05-07-2020 Image insert
16-01-2019 Image insert
26-07-2016 Datasheet update Detail
05-08-2014 Distribution update Detail