Vertagopus arboreus


    The diagnostic features of this isotomid are short dense setal cover, a bluish iridisation and pale legs. Juvenile stages are violet in colour. 

    Similar Species

    Vertagopus cinereus has darker legs and lacks the blue iridescence. 

    Identification difficulty

    On tree trunks, under dead bark and on bare wood. It is often found on fences near cracks in the wood where it seeks cover if disturbed.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread.

    VC55 Status

    Not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map