Mouse Spider Scotophaeus blackwalli


Mouse Spider Scotophaeus blackwalli

Discovered in house. 25th July 2014. © Peter Hillman

Mouse Spider Scotophaeus blackwalli

Discovered in house.
25th July 2014. © Peter Hillman

Family Gnaphosidae (Ground spiders)

Body length 8-12 mm.

A brownish, furry hunting spider with silvery abdominal hairs, and moves in a similar manner to a mouse. The are only 2 British species in the Scotophaeus genus, the other being Scotophaeus scutulatus which extremely rare and confined to a small area in the south-east of England.

A nocturnal hunter of invertebrates.

Seen throughout the year, but mainly in the summer and autumn months Found in and around houses, garages, sheds, and other outbuildings. Common and widespread throughout the UK.