Lophopilio palpinalis

    Description

    A relatively small harvestman of around 5mm body length and with medium length legs. Males are often dark. It has a prominent trident with the middle tubercle leaning forwards, plus long tubercles on the ocularium with the front one being the longest. It also has impressive armour on the pedipalps with long tubercles on the femur especially.

    Similar Species

    Oligolophus tridens also has a prominent trident but this species lacks the long tubercles on the ocularium.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • Prominent trident with the middle tubercle leaning forwards
    • Long tubercles on the ocularium with the front one being the longest
    • Long tubercles on the femur of the pedipalps
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Habitat

    Largely a harvestman of deciduous woodland.

    When to see it

    Summer to early winter mainly.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain, but not particularly common.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequently recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map