Thomisidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Xysticus  C. L. Koch, 1835   82 species

Xysticus gallicus  Simon, 1875


Male palp with median tegular apophysis with short compact shaft and 2 short branches. Lateral tegular apophysis horn-shaped, broad and robust. Tibial apophysis originates ventrally in the middle and has rounded edges. A further retrolateral apophysis is club-shaped in ventral view and narrowing toward tip. Embolus widened at the point where it is bent, tip twisted. Epigyne with epigynal groove only closed anteriorly with characteristically slit-shaped fold, median septum slender and short, mostly widened anterior. Vulva with slender funnel-shaped entrance duct, that strongly widens posteriorly and finally passes over to transverse receptacula. Prosoma dark brown to brown-black, rarely brown. Female: partly brighter or with olive tinge, contrast-rich with cream V-shaped pattern. Eye field light brown to beige-brown or yellow-cream. Sternum light brown to beige-brown and darker on margin, densely long spined, partly also sparsely. Chelicerae with broad, transverse stripe, alternately brown and beige, frontally with one longer spine each and further finer spines. Legs long, dorsally dark brown, with brown and beige longitudinal stripes, can be broken into spots, ventrally brown to dark brown except femur, mostly with cream median line. Opisthosoma with distinct fir-tree-shaped, cream light brown pattern. Spinnerets dark brown and with fine white contour.

Body length male: 4.6-8 mm
Body length female: 6.4-11.6 mm
Additional information

Occurring under stones from lowland up to alpine zone, also in pine forests or rocky heathland

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Global distribution (WSC 2020): Europe, Turkey, Caucasus, Iran
 male  female
Distribution List
Austria   ( no references ) ||| Azerbaijan   ( Otto, 2020; ) ||| Bulgaria   ( Blagoev et al., 2018; ) ||| Croatia   ( no references ) ||| Czechia   ( no references ) ||| France   ( no references ) ||| Georgia   ( Otto, 2020; ) ||| Germany   ( no references ) ||| Greece   ( no references ) ||| Hungary   ( no references ) ||| Italy   ( Pantini & Isaia, 2019; ) ||| Moldova   ( no references ) ||| North Macedonia   ( no references ) ||| Poland   ( no references ) ||| Romania   ( no references ) ||| Russia, Central   ( no references ) ||| Russia, Eastern   ( no references ) ||| Russia, Southern   ( Otto, 2020; ) ||| Slovakia   ( no references ) ||| Slovenia   ( Kostanjšek & Kuntner, 2015; ) ||| Spain   ( no references ) ||| Switzerland   ( no references ) ||| Turkey (Asia)   ( Danışman et al., 2019; ) ||| Ukraine   ( no references ) |||

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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

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

28-06-2019 Distribution update Detail
07-03-2016 Image insert
30-09-2015 Distribution update Detail