Trachelidae  Simon, 1897 / Metatrachelas  Bosselaers & Bosmans, 2010   3 species

Metatrachelas rayi  (Simon, 1878)


Prosoma reddish brown to chestnut brown, sides covered with small warts. Prosoma length: 1.39 mm. Chelicerae chestnut brown, promargin with 3 teeth, increasing in size towards base of fang, retromargin with 2 teeth. Sternum smooth, yellow-brown, with some small pits. Legs I-II ochre, legs III-IV pale yellow. Opisthosoma grey with a longitudinal, dagger-shaped dark grey mark enclosed between two oval white spots in anterior half and 4-6 white chevrons in posterior quarter, dorsal scutum absent.

Body length male: 2.40-3.10 mm

Prosoma reddish brown, entirely covered with small warts. Prosoma length: 1.40 mm. Chelicerae as in males. Sternum smooth with some small pits, brown, margin darker. Legs and opisthosoma as in males.

Body length female: 2.6-3.8 mm
Additional information

In litter layer of sunny slopes with open vegetation and vineyards.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2023): Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Albania, Bulgaria, Algeria
 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.

Albania   (Naumova, 2020) ||| Algeria   (Bosselaers et al., 2009) ||| Bulgaria   (Blagoev et al., 2018) ||| France   (Bosselaers et al., 2009) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

Blagoev G, Deltshev C, Lazarov S, Naumova M (2018) The spiders (Araneae) of Bulgaria. Version: August 2018. National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Online at (accessed on 10.9.2018) pdf

Bosmans R. (unpubl.) Provisional list of spiders of North Africa. Database excerpt Aug. 2019

Bosselaers J, Urones C, Barrientos J A, Alberdi J M (2009) On the Mediterranean species of Trachelinae (Araneae, Corinnidae) with a revision of Trachelas L. Koch 1872 on the Iberian Peninsula. Journal of Arachnology 37: 15-38 pdf

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

Naumova M (2020) Descriptions of two new spider species, with new data on the Albanian arachnofauna (Arachnida: Araneae, Opiliones, Pseudoscorpiones and Scorpiones). Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 72: 3-12 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

WSC (2023) World Spider Catalog. Version 24.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (25.10.2023) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

28-03-2020 Distribution update Detail
28-03-2020 Distribution insert Detail