Odiellus spinosus


A large bodied harvestman (male to 6.5 to 8mm, female 7 to 11mm) with short to medium length legs. It has a black-edged saddle that stops abruptly towards the rear of the abdomen. The three frontal horns on the trident are relatively horizontal. The abdomen has several rows of brown spots across each tergite.

Identification difficulty

It prefers man made habitats and is most often found in gardens and around buildings.

When to see it

The adults emerge in June and can live on until December.

Life History

It usually lives on the ground but will climb bushes, trees and walls.

UK Status

A southerly species that has been moving northwards.

VC55 Status

Still seems to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

557 British records - last record 2014

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

Species group:
harvestman (Opiliones)
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
15/12/2011 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
26/09/2023 (Pugh, Dylan)

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