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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map