Monocephalus fuscipes

    Description

    This is a very small (2 mm) spider. The colouring is variable, but the abdomen is usually brown or black.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Confirmation of this species requires examination of the genitals of mature specimens.

    Recording advice

    Confirmation of this species requires examination of the genitals of mature specimens.

    Habitat

    Often found in leaf litter in its preferred habitat of broad-leaved and coniferous woodland, but it has also been recorded in other habitats including rocky heathland, grassland and disused quarries.

    When to see it

    Adults are found throughout the year, with peaks in the spring and early summer, and in the autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread and frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent 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