Pardosa saltans

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

    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 of the genitals of mature specimens. 

    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map