Dicranopalpus ramosus agg.

    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.

    Similar Species

    Dicranopalpus caudatus has recently been split from D. ramosus. See the news story explaining the species split.

    Identification difficulty
    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

    This species was split into two in 2015, see: https://www.naturespot.org.uk/node/121303

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map