Leiobunum rotundum

Description

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
Habitat

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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Species profile

Species group:
harvestman (Opiliones)
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Opiliones
Family:
Phalangiidae
Records on NatureSpot:
194
First record:
08/09/2005 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
17/10/2023 (Higgott, Mike)

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