Philodromidae  Thorell, 1870 / Pulchellodromus  Wunderlich, 2012   9 species

Pulchellodromus medius  (O. P.-Cambridge, 1872)


Tibia I with three pairs of ventral spines. Palp resembles P. ruficapillus, but conductor long and triangular, shape of tibial apophysis different too. Sperm duct loop symmetric, embolus hidden in ventral view, its very tip sometimes visible, embolar base membraneous.

Prosoma length: 1.2-1.4 mm.


Tibia I with three pairs of ventral spines. Epigyne resembles P. ruficapillus and P. pulchellus, but with narrow keel of median septum and copulatory ducts as long as diameter of receptacula. Epigynum with lateral grooves, median septum elevated. Glandular heads globular.

Prosoma length: 1.4-1.7 mm

Additional information

Sub-Mediterranean forests with Pistacia mutica, Quercus pubescens, meadow steppes, steppes, abandoned fields, semi-deserts with Artemisia, mountain stony steppes.

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Global distribution (WSC 2019): Italy, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, Caucasus (Russia, Azerbaijan), Iran

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World Spider Catalog (2019) World Spider Catalog, version 20.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (20.01.2019) doi: 10.24436/2

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