Gnaphosidae  Pocock, 1898 / Drassodes  Westring, 1851   43 species

Drassodes dagestanus  Ponomarev & Alieva, 2008

Description
Male

Palpus femur with on dorso-median spine and an apical group of three spines. Palpus tibia with a long, pointed apophysis. Embolus thin, slightly curved towards the end.

Carapace brown, cephalic region darkened, four pairs of dark radial stripes extending from the median furrow to the carapace margin. Labium, gnathocoxae and chelicerae dark brown. Frontal cheliceral margin with three teeth, of which the median tooth is the largest. Posterior cheliceral margin with one very small tooth. Sternum yellow-brown with a black margin. Legs and palps brown, ventral side of trochanter yellow brown. Tarsus and metataruss I and II with well-developed scopulae.

Dorsum dark gray with a weakly developed lanceolate mark in its anterior part.

Carapace length 3.9 mm, width 2.9 mm.

Body length male: 9.3 mm
Female

Epigynal septum short, its posterior part broader. Spermathecae arranged in a compact group.

Body coloration and cheliceral teeth as in the male. Scopula developed on tarsi and metatarsi I and II.

Carapace length 3.9-5 mm, width 2.7-3.5 mm.

Body length female: 10.4-13.1 mm
Additional information

In the alpine and subnival zones of the NE Caucasus.

Similar to D. lapidosus but not as large and massive, also differing in cheliceral teeth, shape of the male tibial apophysis, shorter epigynal septum and compact spermathecae.

Distribution
  Presence
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2019): Russia (Caucasus)
Phenology
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Figures
References

Helsdingen P J van (2010a) Araneae. In: Fauna Europaea Database (Version 2010.1), online at www.european-arachnology.org

Otto S (2019) Caucasian spiders. A faunistic database on the spiders of the Caucasus Ecoregion. Database version 10.2019. Internet: caucasus-spiders.info.

Ponomarev A V, Alieva S V (2008) New species of spiders of the genus Drassodes Westring, 1851 (Aranei: Gnaphosidae) of Dagestan Caucasian Entomological Bulletin 4: 255-257 pdf

World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at http://wsc.nmbe.ch (20.09.2019) doi: 10.24436/2

Updates
22-05-2014 Image insert
22-05-2014 Distribution update Old value
22-05-2014 Datasheet update Old value