Sparassidae  Bertkau, 1872 / Eusparassus  Simon, 1903   9 species

Eusparassus walckenaeri  (Audouin, 1826)


Prosoma dark brown to orange-brown. Cheliceral furrow with intermarginal denticles. Legs with distinct darker bands. Opisthosoma: dorsum with a series of small chevron-like patterns, venter without marking.

Body length male: 13.4-20.6 mm
Body length female: 16.9-25.3 mm
Additional information

in semi-dry areas under flat stones, trogloxene (Greece)

  Not established
  No data
Distribution comment: Record from Italy doubtful (Moradmand & Jäger 2012, mislabelled per Levy 1989)
Global distribution (WSC 2020): Greece, Turkey, Algeria to Iraq, Sudan, Iran?
 male  female
Distribution List
Algeria   ( no references ) ||| Cyprus   ( no references ) ||| Egypt   ( no references ) ||| Greece   ( no references ) ||| Greece / Crete   ( no references ) ||| Libya   ( no references ) ||| Netherlands   ( no references ) ||| Tunisia   ( no references ) ||| Turkey (Asia)   ( no references ) ||| Turkey (Europe)   ( no references ) |||

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

Danışman T, Kunt K B, Özkütük R S (2019) The checklist of the spiders of Turkey. Version 2019 [last updated 1 June 2019], online at

Demircan N, Topçu A (2016) First records for spider fauna of the European part of Turkey (Araneae). Serket 15: 85-91 pdf

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

Helsdingen P J van (2015b) Binnenwandelende exoten. Nieuwsbrief SPINED 35: 33-34

Levy G (1989) The family of huntsman spiders in Israel with annotations on species of the Middle East (Araneae: Sparassidae). Journal of Zoology, London 217: 127-176 pdf

Moradmand M, Jäger P (2012) Taxonomic revision of the huntsman spider genus Eusparassus Simon, 1903 (Araneae: Sparassidae) in Eurasia. Journal of Natural History 46: 2439-2496 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

World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.09.2019) doi: 10.24436/2

28-11-2019 Distribution update Detail
16-05-2018 Distribution update Detail
22-12-2015 Distribution update Detail