Gonatium rubellum (Blackwall, 1841) 
Based on the lack of records, this small, red spider is far less common than the visually identical Gonatium rubens. There are recent Nottinghamshire records from Sherwood Forest, Bunny Old Wood and Thieves Wood, with Gonatium rubellum tending to prefer old woodland habitat, with Gonatium rubens being a common spider on dry, heathland sites.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Gonatium rubellum    
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Denton, M.L. Green, E.J. Legg, G. Hemingway, D.G. Marsh, R.J. and Sharp, D. (2002 Arachnid survey of Birklands and Bilhaugh candidate Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. Report to English Nature from Entotax consultancy 2003). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

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Updated January 2022

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