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 2022): Canary Is. to Cyprus, Iran
Distribution List
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   (Bosmans, unpubl.) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

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

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

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

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 (2022) World Spider Catalog. Version 23.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (21.01.2022) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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