Tenuiphantes tenuis

    Alternative names
    Lepthyphantes tenuis

    Males: 2 to 3.2 mm, females: 2 to 4.3 mm. Prosoma yellow-brown, not annulated. Legs yellow-brown. Opisthosoma whitish with paired chevrons.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • Tibial spines: 2222
    • TmIV absent
    • TmI: 0.20 to 0.29
    Recording advice

    Confirmation requires microscopic examination of the genitalia of adult specimens.


    Vegetation, gardens, grassland, arable fields, wetland, heathland and woodland, also regularly recorded indoors.

    When to see it

    Adults can be found throughout the year, mostly in the summer and autumn.

    UK Status

    Common, in many parts of Britain one of the most ubiquitous spiders.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland but under recorded due to identification difficulty. 

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

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