Leiobunum rotundum


    The male has a globular shape and is red-brown with a black ocularium. The female has a dark saddle that is largely parallel-sided and has a black ring around each eye. Female head-body length 5 -7 mm. Male head-body length 3 mm. Leg length: up to 50 mm.

    Similar Species

    Leiobunum blackwalli is smaller and the female less elongate, it also has a white (not black) ring around each eye.

    Identification difficulty

    Preferring damp habitats, this harvestman is often found resting on tree trunks (north side), walls, fences etc. and amongst grass and leaf litter

    When to see it

    Autumn (often in groups). Maturing from end of July to end of November.

    Life History

    The young look like small adults. The species is nocturnal, and walks, raised up on its long legs.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain, slightly less frequent further north.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    3421 British records - last record 2014

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