Summary for Drassyllus pusillus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Drassyllus pusillus Copyright: Steve Lee
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Drassyllus pusillus
Authority: (C.L.Koch, 1833)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Gnaphosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2198
First Record: 1861
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 314
Pre-1992 hectads: 121
Total hectads: 379

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Recorded altitude range
-4m to 673m

Species text

The species has a widespread but patchy and scattered Distribution: in Britain, mostly in lowland regions in the southern half of Britain and central eastern Scotland. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
D. pusillus is small and more colourful than the typical all black Zelotes. It appears to have a preference for open, dryish areas such as sandy heaths and chalk downland and like other Zelotes species it is often found under stones, discarded rubbish and in grassy tussocks. Adults of both sexes are found mainly from early to mid-summer.

The spider is local and not common.

Original author of profile: J.A. Murphy

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 1447 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 881 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 100 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1074 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1192 records with habitat detail and method information)

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