Summary for Lepthyphantes tenebricola
About this speciesRecorded altitude range
The species is widespread but scattered in much of Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
L. tenebricola is predominantly a woodland spider found in leaf litter and moss, under stones or bark, under a variety of broad-leaved trees, including oak, sycamore, lime, birch, alder and willow. It has been swept out of tussocks of grass or woodrush, shaken from sedge litter, extracted from a wood ants' nest, and from a pile of hay on a roadside verge. Occasionally it may be beaten from the shrub layer, or found on tree trunks. Adults of both sexes have been recorded mainly in early to mid-summer.
More common in the north than the south, where it is rather local.
Original author of profile: J.M. Newton
Text based on Harvey, P.R., Nellist, D.R. & Telfer, M.G. (eds) 2002. Provisional atlas of British spiders (Arachnida, Araneae), Volumes 1 & 2. Huntingdon: Biological Records Centre. References
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