Philodromus margaritatus (Clerck, 1757)

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Description of Philodromus margaritatus (Lichen running spider)

Physical Characteristics

Both sexes occur in two completely different variants.

Female 8 to 10 mm.
Abdomen remarkably broad. Grey-brown with dark spots or silvery grey with contrasting black markings.
Carapace grey-brown with a lighter median band or silvery grey with large black spots.
Legs and palps light grey-brown with clear dark brown annulations or silvery grey with black annulations.

Male 5 to 7 mm.
Markings almost identical to the female, but often darker coloured.


Mossy trunks in predominantly coniferous forests and orchards.


Common in the whole of Europe.