Pardosa amentata is a wolf spider between 5 mm and 8 mm in length and has a brownish coloured body with darker brown markings or spots.
Confirmation of this species requires examination of the genitals of mature specimens.
Confirmation 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.
The spider occurs in a wide range of open habitats, especially in damp situations. It has been recorded from grasslands, marshes, riversides, fens, salt marsh, woodland clearings, hedge banks, moorland, blanket bog, waste ground, field margins and rarely heathland. In gardens this is usually the commonest Pardosa species.
Adults of both sexes are found mainly in early to mid-summer, and sometimes again in early autumn.
Widespread and fairly frequent in most of Britain.
Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
9443 British records to 2013
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