Xysticus audax


    It has been considered by some authors to be a form of Xysticus cristatus, but there is now agreement that it is a separate species.  

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, microscopic examination of the genitalia is necessary to confirm identification.


    Grassland and scrub, especially heath like areas where gorse or heather are present.

    When to see it

    Adults of both sexes are found mainly in late spring and early summer with a peak in May and June, females persisting later.

    UK Status

    The species has a widespread but rather scattered Distribution: in much of southern Britain, with a few scattered records north. It is frequent in suitable habitat in southern England, but very local elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland 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