Xerolycosa miniata (C. L. Koch, 1834)

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Description of Xerolycosa miniata (Dune wolf-spider)

Physical Characteristics

Resembles Xerolycosa nemoralis.

Female 5 to 7.5 mm.
Abdomen light brown with lighter chevrons, two rows of white dots and light spots along the sides.
Carapace light brown to dark brown with scattered light brown hairs, a broad light brown median band and a light brown band along the edge. This band runs from the back until about half way up the carapace.
Legs and palps light brown with dark spots.

4.5 to 5.5 mm male.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female.


Open, dry, sandy areas, for example heathlands.


Common in the whole of Europe.


Summer and autumn.