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


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

UK Map