Pink Prowler - Oonops domesticus

    Description

    1.5 to 2 mm, pinkish-orange spider. Characteristic way of slowly walking with its front legs out-stretched, interspersed with short bursts of running. Its small size and pinkish colour make it difficult to spot, particularly because it often nocturnal. 

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Tibia I with 5 ventral spines (c.f. Oonops pulcher, 4 spines on Tibia I).

    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Habitat

    In warmer parts of Europe this spider lives under stones, amongst leaf-litter, etc. In the UK it is more or less completely synanthropic and only found in houses. During the day, it hides away in a silken cell behind furniture, curtains, pictures, papers, etc. Feeds on tiny prey such as mites and booklice.

    When to see it

    Year round. 

    UK Status

    Few records, probably under-recorded due to its small size and nocturnal habits.

    VC55 Status

    Under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map