Gnaphosidae  Pocock, 1898 / Zelotes  Gistel, 1848   109 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 2019): France, Albania, Greece to Iran, Israel, Russia (Europe)
 male  female

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. Rev suisse Zool 110: 45-89

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

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

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

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). Rev suisse Zool 118: 513-559

World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.01.2019) doi: 10.24436/2

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