Xysticus lanio (C.L.Koch, 1835) 
An uncommonly recorded species in Nottinghamshire, possibly under-recorded to some degree with the lack of interest in spiders within the county. This is a spider of Oak woodland, where it can be found on the foliage, generally higher up than many other similar species. There are several records of Xysticus lanio from the Sherwood Forest area, when it was found in at a number of surveys of the Sherwood Forest NNR.

The most reccent record seems to be from Cockglode Wood in April 2023, when the example showed below turned up in a sample of leaf litter, twigs and other debris, which was collected from the joint of branches and trunk on one of the Oaks present.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Xysticus lanio    
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Allan and Annette Binding. Denton, M.L. Green, E.J. Legg, G. Hemingway, D.G. Marsh, R.J. and Sharp, D. (2002 Arachnid survey of Birklands and Bilhaugh candidate Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. Report to English Nature from Entotax consultancy 2003). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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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