Gnaphosidae  Pocock, 1898 / Zelotes  Gistel, 1848   125 species

Zelotes metellus  (Roewer, 1928)


Prosoma brown. Prosoma length: 1.6-185 mm, prosoma width: 0.59-0.77 mm. Legs brown, tarsi and metatarsi lighter. Opisthosoma black, scutum occupying 1/5 of opisthosoma length.

Body length male: 2.9-4.5 mm

Prosoma length: 2.2 mm, prosoma width: 1.66 mm. Colouration as in males.

Body length female: 3.5-4.5 mm
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Distribution comment: Record from Turkey refers to Z. prishutovae, see Kovblyuk et al., 2009
Global distribution (WSC 2021): France, Albania, Greece to Iran, Israel, Russia (Europe)
 male  female
Distribution List
Albania   (no references) ||| Cyprus   (Bosmans et al., 2019c) ||| France   (no references) ||| Greece   (no references) ||| Greece / Crete   (no references) ||| Russia, Southern   (no references) ||| Ukraine   (no references) |||

Bosmans R, Van Keer J, Russell-Smith A, Hadjiconstantis M, Komnenov M, Bosselaers J, Huber S, McCowan D, Snazell R, Decae A, Zoumides C, Kielhorn K-H, Oger P (2019c) Spiders of Cyprus (Araneae). A catalogue of all currently known species from Cyprus. Newsletter of the Belgian Arachnological Society 34, Suppl. 1: 1-173 pdf

Chatzaki M, Thaler K, Mylonas M (2003) Ground spiders (Gnaphosidae; Araneae) from Crete and adjacent areas of Greece. Taxonomy and distribution. III. Zelotes and allied genera. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 110: 45-89 pdf

Kovblyuk M M, Seyyar O, Demir H, Topçu A (2009) New taxonomic and faunistic data on the gnaphosid spiders of Turkey (Aranei: Gnaphosidae). Arthropoda Selecta 18: 169-187 pdf

Mazzia C, Cornic J-F, Capowiez Y, Bounias-Delacour A (2018) Zelotes metellus Roewer, 1928, nouvelle espèce pour la faune de France. Revue Arachnologique (2) 5: 14-17 pdf

Naumova M, Hristovski S, Hristov G H (2016b) Spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) from Prespa National Park, Albania. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica 68: 503-511 pdf

Ponomarev A V, Prokopenko E V, Shmatko, V Y (2017c) New and interesting records of spiders (Arachnida: Aranei) from the southeastern part of the Russian Plain. Proceedings of the Russian Entomological Society in St. Petersburg 88: 103-117 pdf

Senglet A (2011) New species in the Zelotes tenuis-group and new or little known species in other Zelotes groups (Gnaphosidae, Araneae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 118: 513-559 pdf

WSC (2021) World Spider Catalog. Version 21.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (03.01.2021) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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