Pardosa amentata


    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.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

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

    Recording advice

    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.

    When to see it

    Adults of both sexes are found mainly in early to mid-summer, and sometimes again in early autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    9443 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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