Theraphosidae  Thorell, 1869 / Ischnocolus  Ausserer, 1871   1 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 2019): Spain, Italy (Sicily), Morocco, Algeria, Tunesia, Libya

Decae A (unpubl.)

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

Pantini P, Isaia M (2018) Checklist of the Italian spiders (version June 2018). online at pdf

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

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

16-01-2019 Image insert
26-07-2016 Datasheet update Old value
05-08-2014 Distribution update Old value