Lycosidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Arctosa  C. L. Koch, 1847   37 species

Arctosa similis  Schenkel, 1938


Tegular apophysis strongly developed, ventral tooth long and conspicuous. Terminal apophysis long and slender. Prosoma length: 4.2-6.3. Body greyish to yellowish, pattern indistinct. Legs with indistinct annulation.


Epigyne triangular, margins sclerotised, anterior margin forming a bilobed hood. Vulva with strongly bent copulatory ducts. Prosoma length: 3.4-7.1. Colouration as in males.

Additional information

In open habitats with sparse vegetation, with sand and gravel, along the seashore riverbanks.

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Global distribution (WSC 2023): Canary Is. to Cyprus, Iraq, Iran
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.

Croatia   (Buchar et al., 2006) ||| Cyprus   (Bosmans et al., 2019c) ||| France / Corsica   (Buchar et al., 2006) ||| Greece / Crete   (Bosmans et al., 2013) ||| Italy   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sardinia   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Italy / Sicily   (Pantini & Isaia, 2019) ||| Morocco   (Guy, 1966) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019; Buchar & Dolanský, 2011) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

Al-Khazali A M, Al-Abbad M Y M, Fomichev A A, Kachel H S (2023) New data on the wolf spiders (Araneae: Lycosidae) of Iraq. Ecologica Montenegrina 67: 101-116 pdf

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, 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

Branco V V, Morano E, Cardoso P (2019) An update to the Iberian spider checklist (Araneae). Zootaxa 4614: 201-254 pdf

Buchar J, Dolanský J (2011) New records of wolf spiders (Araneae: Lycosidae) in the Mediterranean. Klapalekiana 47: 5-11 pdf

Buchar J, Knoflach B, Thaler K (2006) On the identity of Arctosa varians C. L. Koch and Artosa similis Schenkel, with notes on related species. Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 13: 329-336 pdf

Fuhn I E, Niculescu-Burlacu F (1971) Fam. Lycosidae. Fauna Republicii Socialiste România (Arachnida) 5 (3): 1-253 pdf

Guy Y (1966) Contribution à l'étude des araignées de la famille des Lycosidae et de la sous-famille des Lycosinae avec étude spéciale des espèces du Maroc. Travaux de l'Institut Scientifique Chérifien et de la Faculté des Sciences, Série Zoologie, Rabat 33: 1-174 pdf

Hepner M, Paulus H F (2009) Contributions on the wolf spider fauna (Araneae, Lycosidae) of Gran Canaria (Spain). Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 14: 339-346 pdf

Iorio E (unpubl.) .

Pantini P, Isaia M (2019) the online catalog of Italian spiders, with addenda on other arachnid orders occurring in Italy (Arachnida: Araneae, Opiliones, Palpigradi, Pseudoscorpionida, Scorpiones, Solifugae). Fragmenta Entomologica 51: 127-152 pdf

Simon E (1937) Les arachnides de France 6 (5). Paris (Roret): 979-1298 pdf

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

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