Oedothorax fuscus


    Females 2.1 to 3.0 mm, males 2.0 to 2.3 mm.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Tibial spines: 2-2-1-1

    Prosoma (cephalothorax) brown-orange-brown, male: with a crown.

    Legs yellow-orange-brown.

    Opisthosoma (abdomen) grey dorsally with lighter longitudinal stripes.

    Female epigyne and male pedipalps are characteristic.

    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.


    A common aeronaut, this spider found in a variety of grassland (including lawns), arable, recently burnt heathland and wetland habitats.

    When to see it

    Adults have been recorded throughout the year, but mostly in the summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread in most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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