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There are about 250 species of linyphiid spiders in the UK. Most are tiny, even when adult, with a body length of less than 3mm, though a few are considerably larger than this. Only a small minority can be reliably distinguished from photographs, and for adults examination of the palps (males) or epigynes (females) is required for an accurate identification. Immatures cannot be identified with certainty.

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Linyphia triangularis

L. triangularis is a very common spider, adult in the autumn. It builds a large sheet web in bushes, thick grass etc. at heights from from close to ground level to about 2 meters.

female male

Floronia bucculenta

Floronia is a lovely long-legged large linyphiid that builds a web well down in grass and other thick vegetation

Drapetisca socialis

Drapetisca are most commonly seen on tree trunks although the one on the far left was photographed on a WWII pill box. They do not seem to readily hide away, unlike some other spiders they share their habitat with, preferring to run if alarmed. The markings on the abdomen are rather variable from individual to individual.

Neriene montana

Neriene montana is common on tree trunks - the only habitat in which I have found it.

Neriene clathrata

Neriene clathrata is a common species in thick grass undergowth etc. It can be rather variable in size.

Neriene peltata

Quite common, I have found this species at heights from ground level to 2 metres, in both open habitats and woodland.

Taranucnus setosus

This medium sized linyphiid is found close to the ground in wet habitats such as fen grassland, riverbanks etc.

Stemonyphantes lineatus

A fairly common spider that I find in various habitats - gardens, heathland, woodland etc. - but never in large numbers.

Bathyphantes nigrinus

This smallish linyphiid can be common in reedbeds and other wet open areas

Diplostyla concolor

A common smallish linyphiid.

Lepthyphantes minutus

Commonly found on the trunks of trees. The annulations on the legs and the pattern on the abdomen help to identify this species in the wild although to be certain it should be examined under the microscope.

Lepthyphantes tenuis

A very common species. It seems to be common in a variety of habitats - gardens, nature reserves, arable land, leaf litter in woodland. Gets my vote for the UK's most common spider. However, there are several closely related species from which it can be distinguished only by examination under the microscope.