Mitostoma chrysomelas

Description

This harvestman is recognised by the long pedipalps held folded in front of the body. The body is around 3 mm in length and brown, with golden transverse lines.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

In moss and under stones and logs.

When to see it

Early spring to winter.

Life History

The pedipalps are covered in sticky hairs called 'viscid seta' which help with the capture of prey.

UK Status

Uncommon but widely distributed.

VC55 Status

854 British records - last record 2014

Further Information

845 British records to Jan 2013

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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