Coelotes atropos


    Size: Female 9-12 mm; male 7-9 mm. Red head, thorax and legs with a light brown abdomen with a central cardiac mark.

    Similar Species

    C. atropos is very similar to C. terrestris, but only C. atropos has been found in Leicestershire (so far!).

    Identification difficulty

    This species lives under stones and logs where it builds a tube-shaped web.

    Life History

    The female lays eggs in the tube shaped web and the spiderlings stay with their mother once hatched, feeding on the same prey. At the end of the season the mother dies and is eaten by her offspring.

    UK Status

    Frequent but mostly recorded from western England and from Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    2936 British records to Jan 2013

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

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