Leiobunum rotundum


Leiobunum rotundum male and female

Male and female on local woodland margin. 28th August 2017. © Peter Hillman

Leiobunum rotundum (male)

Male discovered in garden.
26th August 2007. © Peter Hillman

Leiobunum rotundum female

Female discovered on local riverbank.
14th July 2020. © Peter Hillman

Leiobunum rotundum female

Female resting on garden wall.
18th August 2015. © Peter Hillman

Leiobunum rotundum male

Male discovered in local woodland. 3rd September 2020 © Peter Hillman

Family Phalangiidae

Body length up to 7 mm.

The female is quite distinctive with a dark median dorsal band and black-ringed eyes. The male has black-ringed eyes, too, but lacks the dark banding. Both sexes have a brownish-reddish ground colour. The legs are extraordinarily long, around 50 mm. Similar to Leiobunum blackwalli which has pale eye-rings.

Seen July to November, it is a nocturnal hunter, feeding on various insects, other invertebrates and some carrion.

Found in woods, scrub and gardens. One of the commonest and most widespread species, but less so further north in Scotland. Native to the British Isles.

Recorded and accepted via iRecord.