Meta menardi (Latreille, 1804)
Meta menardi is the second of Nottinghamshire's very large cave spiders which is found in sites of complete darkness. Most often found in caves and railway tunnels, Meta menardi also occurs in other dark places such as cellars and ice houses. Although there are visual differences in abdomen colouration to Meta bourneti, accurate identification is best achieved by examination of the female's epigyne. In Nottinghamshire, this spider is currently known only from the caves at Creswell Crags, a site which straddles the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border. Nationally, Meta menardi is more commonly recorded than Meta bourneti, but this may possibly be through casual assumption that the latter spider is the least likely to be encountered. Photographed in April 2013.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Meta menardi
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated January 2016

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