Tetragnatha extensa

Description

This is a very difficult species to identify as there are other similar species and certain identification requires detailed examination. If we cannot be certain that an image is T. extensa but it is likely to be this species, it is highlighted in a red box. The female has a body length of up to 11 mm, while the male is slightly smaller, growing to around 9 mm. The body colour can vary from creamy-yellow to green.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Tetragnatha are difficult to identify and microscopic examination of the genitals of mature specimens is necessary to separate the species safely. 

Recording advice

Tetragnatha are difficult to identify and microscopic examination of the genitals of mature specimens is necessary to separate the species safely. 

Habitat

Found on low growing vegetation, often near water or boggy areas.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

All the Tetragnatha species are stretch spiders and they adopt the habit of stretching their legs out in front and behind to produce a stick like effect and can be very difficult to detect on vegetation. Even when exposed on the web they can look just like vegetative litter.

UK Status

Common and widespread throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

6721 British records to Jan 2013

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MAP KEY:

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

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