Lycosidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Wadicosa  Zyuzin, 1985   1 species

Wadicosa fidelis  (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1872)


Colouration variable, varying between dark brown, grey to almost black. Sternum dark. Opisthosoma with dark cardiac mark and light lateral markings; ventrally lighter.

Body length male: 5.6-6.8 mm

Often lighter in colouration than males.

Body length female: 7.4 mm
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Global distribution (WSC 2020): Macaronesia, North Africa, Southern Europe, Caucasus, Middle East, Central Asia, China, Japan
Distribution List
Algeria   ( no references ) ||| Azerbaijan   ( no references ) ||| Cyprus   ( no references ) ||| Egypt   ( no references ) ||| France   ( no references ) ||| Greece   ( no references ) ||| Libya   ( no references ) ||| Morocco   ( no references ) ||| Portugal   ( no references ) ||| Spain   ( no references ) ||| Tunisia   ( no references ) |||

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