Pardosa palustris


    A dark brown species with paler legs.

    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.


    Open, sparsely vegetated and bare ground, in habitats including heathland, moorland, grasslands, flood meadows, arable land and waste ground.

    When to see it

    Both sexes are adult in summer, occasionally into the autumn.

    UK Status

    The species is widespread and fairly frequent in most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    5084 British records for this species to 2014.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map