Thanatus formicinus (Clerck, 1757)
Records from an area of heathland at Clumber Park in 2017 (Stockton, L. Harris, T. and Butler, M.) and subsequent years, were the first UK records of this species in over 50 years, after it was previously thought to have been extinct. The only 20th Century records were from Legsheath and Duddleswell in Ashdown Forest and from two sites in East Sussex, where it was last recorded in 1969 (Spider Recording Scheme website). More recently there have been additional records from the same area of Clumber, including two juveniles I recorded there in October 2019 and a sub-adult/adult in February 2024.
Sub-adult/adult Thanatus formicinus, photographed at Clumber Park February 2024.
Juvenile Thanatus formicinus, photographed at Clumber Park October 2019.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Thanatus formicinus
Thanatus formicinus habitat in a small area of heathland at Clumber Park. The individual above was found underneath the stand of Heather in the foreground.
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. David Shaw. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

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Updated February 2024

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