Lepthyphantes tenuis


    A very small dark coloured money spider. There are other very similar species in this genus which means that detailed examination of an actual specimen is generally needed to identify the exact species. A red box around the image indicates that we think it is likely to be this species but can't be 100% certain.

    Identification difficulty

    It occurs in many different habitats from leaf litter to trees and shrubs.

    When to see it

    May to November.

    Life History

    It can be considered a pioneer species which will quickly colonise new habitats and take advantage of disturbed ground.

    UK Status

    Widespread and possibly the most common spider species in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    25395 British records to Jan 2013

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map