Baryphyma pratense


    Length 2 to 2.5 mm. Prosoma brown, with black margin, black median spot and radial stripes.  Opisthosoma dark grey to black. Male with elevated head region.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • Tibial spines 2-2-1-1
    • TmIV present
    • TmI 0.85-0.95     
    Recording advice

    Microscopic examination of the genitalia is required to confirm this species.


    Flood plains of lowland rivers, ditches and marshes. Found near the base of reeds, sedges, rushes and tussocky grasses in flood meadows and in sedge marshes, wet meadows and rough grassland as well as in flood debris and on riverbanks.

    When to see it

    Spring and Summer.

    UK Status

    Widespread in suitable habitat. 

    VC55 Status

    Local in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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