Summary for Marpissa muscosa (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Marpissa muscosa male Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Marpissa muscosa
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 796
First Record: 1820
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 137
Pre-1992 hectads: 35
Total hectads: 146

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Recorded altitude range
2m to 150m

Species text

The species is widespread in south-eastern England, with a few scattered records further west and north. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
The spider occurs mostly under loose bark on trees, on paling fences, posts, hop poles, etc, but in south-east Dorset it is common under flat stones on the tops of dry-stone walls. Adults of both sexes are found from April to September, and females possibly most of the year.

The species is common on dry-stone walls in south-east Dorset and frequent in some areas in the south-east of England. Elsewhere it is local and generally rather uncommon

The loss of dry-stone walls through disrepair and loss of continuity in the availability of old paling fences and old trees with suitable bark. The possible invasion of its dry-stone wall habitat by Steatoda nobilis could have a severe effect on population levels.

Management and conservation
Maintain networks of old dry stone walls and ensure a continuity of suitable fence and tree bark habitats.

Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.).  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 224 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 133 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 35 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 64 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 146 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Marpissa muscosa


Marpissa Muscosa Mature Male
Marpissa Muscosa Mature Male
Male Marpissa Muscosa
Male Marpissa Muscosa
Dry stone wall Gloucestershire
Dry stone wall Gloucestershire
Marpissa Muscosa Jumping Spider
Marpissa Muscosa Jumping Spider
Large Marpissa muscosa female 2
Large Marpissa muscosa female 2
Large Marpissa muscosa female 1
Large Marpissa muscosa female 1
M. muscosa  female
M. muscosa female
Marpissa muscosa - Fence Post Jumping Spider
Marpissa muscosa - Fence Post Jumping Spider
Marpissa muscosa - cephalus
Marpissa muscosa - cephalus
Marpissa muscosa
Marpissa muscosa
Marpissa muscosa female
Marpissa muscosa female
Marpissa muscosa male
Marpissa muscosa male
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