Drassyllus pusillus (C.L.Koch, 1833)
A largely all black spider and very similar (if not visually identical) to a number of other species, including Zelotes latreillei. The giveaway in suspecting something different on finding the individual illustrated, were the light brown tarsi and metatarsi of all legs. These were difficult to see without a hand lens, but showed up strikingly well in the resulting photographs. Based on the one showed below, Drassyllus pusillus is less reluctant to rush away in the manner of Zelotes latreillei.

Not often recorded in Nottinghamshire, with most records coming from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust reserves in the north-east of the county and recorded by the former county spider recorder Howard Williams. The one illustrated here, was found in small accumulations of Larch needle and grass litter taken from the base of a group of Larches Larix decidua at Woodthorpe Park Nottingham in April 2023.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Drassyllus pusillus 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Howard Williams. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated January 2024

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