Thanatus vulgaris (Simon, 1870)
There are few officially reported records of this non-native spider, yet it is often encountered in boxes of crickets or locusts (live food) intended for use as food for a number of exotic pets. It is unable to survive outdoors, so will only ever be encountered in houses and petshops etc. There have undoubtedly been previous occurrences of Thanatus vulgaris in Nottinghamshire, but none seem to have been reported. So this one we found inside a box of locusts at Market Warsop in September 2018, may well be the county's first reported record.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Thanatus vulgaris
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated November 2018

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