Gnaphosidae  Banks, 1892 / Cryptodrassus  Miller, 1943   3 species

Cryptodrassus creticus  Chatzaki, 2002


Tibial apophysis with broad base and bipartite end. Conductor robust, with sclerotised claw on base. Embolus long and thread-like. Epigyne with small bell-shaped median cap anteriorly, atrium U-shaped. Vulva with two-chambered receptaculum (ventral: oval, dorsal: round). Prosoma yellow. Femur with 3 dorsal spines. Tarsus I-II with scopula and III-IV with dense stripe of small thorns. Claw of tarsus IV elongated. Opisthosoma yellow.

Body length male: 3.1 mm
Body length female: 4.2-4.8 mm
Additional information

Up to 1200 m in Phrygana

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2023): Greece (Crete), Turkey
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.

Greece / Crete   (Bosmans et al., 2013) ||| Turkey (Asia)   (Çoşkun et al., 2022; Seyyar et al., 2006a; Danışman et al., 2023b) |||

Bosmans R, Van Keer J, Russell-Smith A, Kronestedt T, Alderweireldt M, Bosselaers J, De Koninck H (2013) Spiders of Crete (Araneae). A catalogue of all currently known species from the Greek island of Crete. Nieuwsbrief van de Belgische Arachnologische Vereniging 28 (Suppl. 1): 1-147 pdf

Chatzaki M, Thaler K, Mylonas M (2002b) Ground spiders (Gnaphosidae, Araneae) of Crete and adjacent areas of Greece. Taxonomy and distribution. II. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 109: 603-633 pdf

Çoşkun M G, Seyyar O, Demir H (2022) Notes on Cryptodrassus creticus (Araneae: Gnaphosidae) from Turkey. Turkish Journal of Biodiversity 5: 131-132 pdf

Danışman T, Kunt K B, Özkütük R S, Coşar İ (2023b) The checklist of the spiders of Turkey. Version 2023 [last updated 17 July 2023], online at pdf

Murphy J (2007) Gnaphosid genera of the world. British Arachnological Society St Neots, Cambridgeshire, 605 pp. pdf

Seyyar O, Topçu A, Demir H (2006a) New records of ground spiders (Araneae: Gnaphosidae) from Anatolia. Zoology in the Middle East 38: 118-120 pdf

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

18-11-2022 Distribution update Detail
22-10-2022 Image insert
21-10-2022 Distribution update Detail
04-07-2017 Distribution update Detail