Gnaphosidae  Pocock, 1898 / Zelotes  Gistel, 1848   125 species

Zelotes acarnanicus  Lissner & Chatzaki, 2018


The whole spider is black when seen in dorsal view, except for dark orange-brown metatarsi and orange-brown tarsi. Venter of prosoma, coxae and opisthosoma slightly lighter than carapace, only lung opercula and area between them orange-brown. Scutum distinct only in preserved specimen, approximately triangular, slightly truncated posteriorly, occupying approximately ¼ of abdominal length. Tibial retrolateral apophysis of approximately the same length as palpal tibia. Apex of apophysis with a tiny notch. Median apophysis a projecting ridge. Terminal apophysis transverse, with waved edges. Embolar base parallel to terminal apophysis with apical crest and tapering retrolateral projection with extra dorsal flip. Embolus long, u-shaped, turning dorsally from retrolateral side, gradually ending to a fine curving tip.

Body length male: 7.5 mm

Colouration as in male. Anterior epigynal margins with distinct pockets, medially interrupted. Lateral epigynal margins slightly curved. Copulatory ducts with transverse dorsal curves and with lateral glandular heads, then medially looped and continuing as vertical tubes towards the receptacles. Receptacles large, circular, and separated by ¼ of their diameter.

Body length female: 6.7 mm
Additional information

This species belongs to the subterraneus group (for group delimitation see Senglet 2004).

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Distribution comment: Only known from type locality.
Global distribution (WSC 2021): Greece
 male  female
Distribution List
Greece   (no references) |||

Lissner J, Chatzaki M (2018) A new spider species, Zelotes acarnanicus sp. n. (Araneae: Gnaphosidae), from mainland Greece. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 55: 57-59 pdf

Senglet A (2004) Copulatory mechanisms in Zelotes, Drassyllus and Trachyzelotes (Araneae, Gnaphosidae), with additional faunistic and taxonomic data on species from southwest Europe. Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft 77: 87-119 pdf

WSC (2021) World Spider Catalog. Version 21.5. Natural History Museum Bern, online at (03.01.2021) doi: 10.24436/2 pdf

03-06-2018 Datasheet update Detail
15-05-2018 Image insert
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