Pardosa palustris (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Description of Pardosa palustris (Marsh wolf-spider)

Physical characteristics

Resembles Pardosa monticola and Pardosa agrestis.

Female 4.5 to 7 mm.
Abdomen dark brown with a narrow light brown cardiac mark and white spots along the sides.
Carapace dark brown with a thin white median band and a double white band along the side.
Legs and palps yellow-brown with dark spots especially on the femora.

Male 4.5 to 6 mm.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female.


Open, mainly dry areas. Up to 2500 m.


Common in the whole of Europe.


Spring, summer and autumn.