Dicranopalpus ramosus - Dicranopalpus ramosus

Description

A species of harvestman. Males are up to 4 mm long, females can reach up to 6 mm. Both sexes have very long legs (especially the second pair, which can reach up to 5 cm), another thing that makes this species easily recognisable is the fact that its pedipalps appear to be forked.

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Habitat

Mostly on outer walls and fences.

When to see it

August to November.

Life History

The species has spread across Europe from Morocco. As early as 1957, it was reported in Bournemouth in southern England, from where it spread. It reached Scotland in 2000.

UK Status

Now quite frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

1549 British records - last record 2015

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map