Pirata piraticus (Clerck, 1757)
A common and widespread spider of wetland sites and always found in close proximity to water. Adults are found in Spring and early Summer and although (like most spiders) there are similar confusion species, Pirata piraticus is distinguishable by the coverging white lines down the centre of the abdomen. This spider's ability to run on water is well known among the UK's arachnologists and is amply illustrated by the juvenile in the lower photographs.
Juvenile, photographed at Budby South Forest April 2010.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Pirata piraticus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Bob Merritt. Tim Sexton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Tony Kavanagh. NBGRC. Meg Skinner. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). 

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Updated January 2022

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