Ozyptila praticola

Description

Females reach up to 4 mm and males grow up to 3 mm. Both sexes are of a dark reddish brown.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Identification of this species  "Requires examination at high magnification in good lighting, typically examination of the genitalia." Bee, L., Oxford, G., & Smith, H. (2020). Britain's Spiders: A Field Guide. Second Edition. Princeton University Press.

Habitat

A species that occurs in the litter zone in a variety of habitats including woodland, grassland, parks and gardens and even disturbed areas such as quarries. In highly structured habitats the spider is able to climb to the lower branches of trees and may also be found under bark.

When to see it

Throughout the year, but with one peak building between April and June and a smaller peak building from July to September.

UK Status

The species is widespread in the southern half of Britain as far north as Northumberland, but with few records in the west.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

991 British records to 2013

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

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