Gnaphosidae  Pocock, 1898 / Drassodes  Westring, 1851   40 species

Drassodes unicolor  (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1872)


Prosoma rusty yellow, with black margins and distinct longitudinal slit. Chelicerae with 3 teeth on pro- and 2 on retromargin. Legs pale yellow, tarsi darker. Opisthosoma pale grey with black-grey hairs. Palp: tibia 3.5x as long as thick, with protruding, slightly curved apophysis which bears an apical pointed tip which itself bears a smaller, median, pointed tip.

Prosoma length: 3.5 mm

Body length male: 4.3-5.3 mm

Colouration as in males. Epigyne: posterior with reniform, laterally with double chitinous bar marginated transversal groove, in which lies a slightly narrower, also reniform lamella.

Prosoma length: 4.0 mm.

Body length female: 9.1-12.5 mm
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Global distribution (WSC 2021): Greece (Crete), Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel
Distribution List
Cyprus   (Bosmans et al., 2019c) ||| Egypt   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Greece / Crete   (no references) ||| Libya   (Bosmans, unpubl.) |||

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

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

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

El-Hennawy H K (2006) A list of Egyptian spiders (revised in 2006). Serket 10: 65-76 pdf

Levy G (2004) Spiders of the genera Drassodes and Haplodrassus (Araneae, Gnaphosidae) from Israel. Israel Journal of Zoology 50: 1-37 pdf

WSC (2021) World Spider Catalog. Version 22.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.09.2021) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

07-10-2019 Distribution update Detail
09-08-2016 Datasheet update Detail