Xerolycosa nemoralis (Westring, 1861)

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Description of Xerolycosa nemoralis (Burnt wolf-spider)

Physical Characteristics

Resembles Xerolycosa miniata.

Female 5 to 7.5 mm.
Abdomen reddish brown to grey-brown with faint chevrons and two rows of light dots. Sides with lighter spots. On the front two black-brown spots and a white tuft of hair between them.
Carapace black-brown with a yellow-brown median band and a yellow-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 annulations.

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


Dry, sunny forest edges. Up to 1800 m.


Occurs in the whole of Europe.


Spring, summer and autumn.