Gnaphosidae  Pocock, 1898 / Zelotes  Gistel, 1848   125 species

Zelotes metellus  (Roewer, 1928)


Prosoma brown. Prosoma length: 1.6-1.85 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: 0.66 mm. Colouration as in males.

Body length female: 3.5-4.5 mm
  No data
Distribution comment: Record from Turkey refers to Z. prishutovae, see Kovblyuk et al., 2009
Global distribution (WSC 2023): France, Italy, Albania, Greece to Iran, Israel, Russia (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.

Albania   (Naumova et al., 2016b) ||| Cyprus   (Bosmans et al., 2019c) ||| France   (Mazzia et al., 2018) ||| Greece   (no references) ||| Greece / Crete   (no references) ||| Italy   (Lami et al., 2023) ||| Russia, Southern   (no references) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (Kovblyuk et al., 2009; Danışman et al., 2022) ||| 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

Danışman T, Kunt K B, Özkütük R S (2022) The checklist of the spiders of Turkey. Version 2022 [last updated 24 August 2022], online at 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

Lami F, Burgio G, Magagnoli S, Sommaggio D, Horváth R, Nagy D D, Masetti A (2023) Ground-dwelling arthropods as biodiversity indicators in maize agroecosystems of northern Italy. Ecological Indicators 152(110352): 1-9 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 (2023) World Spider Catalog. Version 24. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (14.02.2023) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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