Pellenes geniculatus (Simon, 1868)

Click on the pictures for a larger view.

Look for the description of the species at the bottom of the page.

Description of Pellenes geniculatus

Physical Characteristics

Female 4 to 5 mm.
Abdomen reddish brown to black-brown with a broad white band around and a broad white longitudinal stripe on top.
Carapace dark reddish brown to black-brown with a broad white band that runs underneath the anterior eyes and ends behind the posterior eyes. Anterior four eyes surrounded with orange.
Legs dark reddish brown with white hairs. Pair of legs I thickened and enlarged. Colour black with white hairs, especially on the tibiae .
Palps yellow-brown with white hairs.

Male 3 to 4 mm.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female. Pair of legs I stronger enlarged and thickened. Colour dark reddish brown. Palps black with striking white tibiae.


Warm, dry areas with little vegetation, such as screes.


Occurs in the Mediterranean area. Up to the north as far as Belgium.


The portrayed specimens has been found in May / June. No further information about the period is known.