Cnephalocotes obscurus


Males 1.5 to 1.9mm, females 1.5 to 2 mm. Prosoma black-brown. Legs yellow-orange to brown. Opisthosoma dark grey to black with distinct impressed dots.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Confirmation of this species requires examination of the genitalia of mature specimens.


Found in a wide variety of habitats including acid, neutral and calcareous grassland, rocky moorland, broad-leaved woodland and disused quarries and gravel pits.

When to see it

All year. 

UK Status

Widespread throughout much of Britain but with a patchy and scattered distribution.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

UK Map