Pardosa saltans

Alternative names
(P. lugubris was a synonym but has now been separated from P. saltans and has only been found in Scottish pinewoods in 2000).

One of the smaller wolf spiders (5 to 7 mm). The cephalothorax (head and thorax) of the female is dark brown has a lighter brown median strip. In the male the cephalothorax is almost black with a paler grey median strip. A difficult species to identify in the field as there are other similar species.

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.


Along woodland edges and sunny places within woods.

When to see it

Spring and early summer.

Life History

The females make and carry several egg sacs and are fond of basking in the sun to help speed up the development of the spiderlings.

UK Status

A common and widespread spider in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common 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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