Zodariidae  Thorell, 1881 / Zodarion  Walckenaer, 1826   126 species

Zodarion fuscum  (Simon, 1870)


Male palp with approximately equally long terminal teeth on embolus. Prosoma orange-brown, clypeus, margin and striae dark brown. Prosoma length: 1.22-1.48 mm. Legs: coxae, patellae and tarsi yellowish white, femora dark brown, tibiae and metatarsi brown, often with yellow brown streaks. Opisthosoma dark sepia, postero-dorsal spot (sometimes preceded by 4-5 narrow transverse stripes) and venter whitish.

Body length male: 2.2-3.2 mm

Epigyne: median plate wide, trapezoid, with antero-lateral semi-circular pits. Colouration as in males. Prosoma length: 1.46-1.64 mm.


Body length female: 3.2-4 mm
Additional information

Introduced to South England

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Global distribution (WSC 2020): Britain, France, Spain, Portugal
 male  female
Distribution List
France   (no references) ||| Portugal   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| Spain / Balearic Islands   (Branco et al., 2019) ||| United Kingdom   (no references) |||

Askins M (1999) Zodarion fuscum (Simon, 1870): a spider new to Britain. Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society 86: 11 pdf

Bosmans R (1997) Revision of the genus Zodarion Walckenaer, 1833, part II.  Western and Central Europe, including Italy (Araneae: Zodariidae). Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society 10: 265-294 pdf

Branco V V, Morano E, Cardoso P (2019) An update to the Iberian spider checklist (Araneae). [N.B.: few records from this paper are not taken over and not commented] Zootaxa 4614: 201-254 pdf

Breitling R (2020) South European spiders from the Duffey collection in the Manchester Museum (Arachnida: Araneae). Arachnology 18: 333-362 pdf

Denis J (1937a) Contribution à l'étude des araignées du genre Zodarion Walckenaer. Festschrift Embrik Strand 3: 1-50 pdf

World Spider Catalog (2020) World Spider Catalog. Version 21.0. Natural History Museum Bern, online at http://wsc.nmbe.ch (20.03.2020) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

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