Bathyphantes approximatus


Males 2 to 3 mm, females 2-3 to 5 mm. Prosoma brown, with darkened margin. Sternum blackish. Opisthosoma black with bright pattern dorsally consisting of transverse bands or chevrons.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Tibial spines: 2222 / TmIV: no / TmI: 0.15-0.25  

Recording advice

Confirmation of this species requires microscopic examination of mature genitalia.


Among moss and ground vegetation particularly in damp habitats including woodland.

When to see it

All year. 

UK Status

Local but may be numerous in wet habitats.

VC55 Status

Widespread but local in our area. 

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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