Gonatium rubens (Blackwall, 1833)
A tiny species found by accident whilst we were photographing something else. With a length of only 3mm, Gonatium rubens is probably only ever likely to be noticed by it's red colouration. This is a fairly commonly encountered spider though, found widely throughout the Sherwood Forest area, but by no means restricted to that area. The male in shown in the lower two photographs and found on Budby South Forest in early August 2017.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Gonatium rubens
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Bob Merritt. Howard Williams. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Tony Kavanagh. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust).  BAS Survey Team of Richard Gallon, Graeme Lyons and Tylan Berry.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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