Summary for Theonoe minutissima (Araneae)

previous species | next species

National Distribution

Logged-on? click on dot to query records. Please note our
Terms of Use. Double-click on map to go to region

View time series maps for Theonoe minutissima
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Theonoe minutissima
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1879)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 808
First Record: 1895
Latest Record: 2019

1992-on hectads: 139
Pre-1992 hectads: 126
Total hectads: 233

Explore Regional Distribution

Please log on and add a note on this species

Missing records?

log-on to access spider taxon report

Please report any problems with this record:
VC error
GR error
Taxon ID suspect
Structural habitat suspect
Other problems, please explain here:


About this species

Recorded altitude range
3m to 914m

Species text

The species is widespread in western and northern Britain but absent from most of south-central and eastern England. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This species is even smaller and more like a linyphiid spider than Pholcomma gibbum. Like that spider, it is usually found at ground level under stones and in moss etc. but may also be swept from taller vegetation. It has been recorded from a variety of habitats including sphagnum bogs, heathland and damp places in woodland. Adults have been recorded in most months of the year, possibly with a peak in April.

Apparently uncommon, but possibly under-recorded due to its small size.

Original author of profile: P. Lee

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

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 325 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 407 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 26 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 225 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 292 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Theonoe minutissima

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Theonoe minutissima


sorry, no pictures available for this species yet - if you have an image please log on and upload it

See also A-Z Species Index - A-Z Picture Index - previous species | next species