Dysderidae  C. L. Koch, 1837 / Harpactocrates  Simon, 1914   12 species

Harpactocrates drassoides  (Simon, 1882)


Male palp with bent bulbal neck. Embolus stepped, with distal scale. Vulva with straight dorsal edge of aboral sclerite, bulge-like sclerotisation directed vertically. Prosoma reddish. Eyes: PME smaller than the other eyes, PME almost one diameter from PLE, anterior eyes rather less than one diameter apart. Chelicerae with 4 teeth in 2 rows. Legs reddish brown, femur I and II with 3 spines, femur III and IV with 2 series of dorsal spines, tibia III and IV with spines.

Body length male: 9-15 mm

Characters as in male.

Body length female: 9-15 mm
Additional information

In coniferous forests, alder wood, under stones or under bark, in leaf litter of beech and mixed forests.

  No data
Distribution comment: not in Spain (Ferrández 1986), therefore Le Peru (2011) not taken over
Global distribution (WSC 2024): Western Europe
 male  female
Distribution List

"No references" does not mean that the species does not occur in this country, but that we have not yet inserted the reference for it. We are working on it.

France   (Le Peru, 2007) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Switzerland   (Maurer & Hänggi, 1990) |||

Deeleman-Reinhold C L, Deeleman P R (1988) Revision des Dysderinae (Araneae, Dysderidae), les espèces mediterranéennes occidentales exceptées. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 131: 141-269 pdf

Ferrández M A (1986) Las especies ibericas del genero Harpactocrates Simon 1914 (Araneida: Dysderidae). Actas X Congreso Internacional de Aracnologia, Barcelona 1: 337-348 pdf

Le Peru B (2007) Catalogue et répartition des araignées de France. Revue Arachnologique 16: 1-468 pdf

Le Peru B (2011) The spiders of Europe, a synthesis of data: Volume 1 Atypidae to Theridiidae. Mémoires de la Société Linnéenne de Lyon 2: 1-522 pdf

Maurer R, Hänggi A (1990) Katalog der schweizerischen Spinnen. Documenta Faunistica Helvetiae 12 pdf

Müller H-G (1985) Die moosbewohnenden Araneen eines Fichtenwaldes am Col de la Forclaz-ein Beitrag zur schweizerischen Spinnenfauna (Arachnida: Araneae). Entomologische Zeitschrift 95: 268-272 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

Pesarini C (unpubl.)

Thaler K, Madlener I (1979) Die Harpactocrates-Arten der Westalpen (Arachnida: Aranei, Dysderidae). Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft 52: 359-367 pdf

WSC (2024) World Spider Catalog. Version 25.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.01.2024) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

17-06-2020 Datasheet update Detail
17-06-2020 Distribution update Detail
11-02-2014 Image insert