Trochosa terricola

Description

A wolf spider - the female has a reddish abdomen and the male has darkened front legs. The two short lines on the carapace are diagnostic of Trochosa species.

Similar Species

T. ruricola is similar but has a light cardiac mark wheras in T. terricola it is darker, but confirmation of this species requires examination at high magnification in good lighting, typically examination of the genitalia.

Identification difficulty
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.

Habitat

Under stones, particularly in damp habitats.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Relatively common and very widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

10299 British records to Jan 2013

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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