Lycosidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Donacosa  Alderweireldt & Jocqué, 1991   1 species

Donacosa merlini  Alderweireldt & Jocqué, 1991


Living specimens: prosoma dark brown to black, densely covered with pink hairs, a patch of white hairs promesal of each posterior lateral eye. Prosoma length: 7.91-8.08 mm, prosoma width: 5.50-5.66 mm. Sternum yellowish brown. Legs: dorsal side of femora densely covered with pink hairs, ventral side bluish grey, remaining segments covered with pale hairs, slightly yellowish on tarsi. Opisthosoma dark grey, dorsum with paler patches, venter pale yellowish brown.

Body length male: 16.66-17.24 mm

Living specimens: prosoma dark brown to black, covered with pale hairs. Prosoma length: 6.50-7.50 mm, prosoma width: 4.16-5.0 mm. Sternum yellowish brown. Legs yellow, with dark hairs, femora dorsally with broad, black and brown stripes, ventrally and laterally some dark patches; tibiae with short mesal and lateral dark stripe. Opisthosoma dark grey to dark brownish, dorsum with paler transverse bars in posterior half, sides and venter pale grey.

Body length female: 13.16-16 mm
Additional information

Burrows of approx. 19 cm depth, in Pinus woodlands.

  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2024): Spain
 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.

Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) |||

Alderweireldt M, Jocqué R (1991) A remarkable new genus of wolf spiders from southwestern Spain (Araneae, Lycosidae). Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Entomologie 61: 103-111 pdf

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

WSC (2024) World Spider Catalog. Version 25.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (22.01.2024) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

07-01-2014 Image insert