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Duffy’s Bell-headed Spider

Duffy’s Bell-headed Spider Baryphyma duffeyi

Find out more: British Arachnological Society

Fen Raft Spider
fen raft spider

Fen Raft Spider Dolomedes plantarius

The Raft spider is a large, chunky spider that lives around the edge of ponds and ditches, and on wet heaths and bogs. Adults sit at the edge of the water, or on floating vegetation, with their front legs resting on the water's surface in order to feel for the vibrations of potential prey. Image: Neil Rolph (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, British Arachnological Society, Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Heath Grasper
heath grasper spider

Heath Grasper Haplodrassus dalmatensis

The heath grasper occurs mainly on dry heathland at ground level among heather and under stones, but also sometimes on stable sand dunes or shingle on the coast. Image: Marcello Consolo (Flickr).

Find out more: iNaturalist, British Arachnological Society

Rosser’s Sac-spider
rosser's sac spider

Rosser’s Sac-spider Clubiona rosserae

Only known from two sites in Britain: Chippenham Fen, Cambridgeshire where it has been recorded on a number of occasions; and a single female found at Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk in April 2000. Image: Peter Harvey (BAS).

Find out more: iNaturalist, British Arachnological Society

Serrated Tongue Spider
serrated tongue spider

Serrated Tongue Spider Centromerus serratus

The serrated tongue spider occurs in litter and moss under pine, beech and oak, and in moss on chalk grassland and acid grassland. It is probably most abundant in deep beech litter. Image: Tylan Berry (BAS).

Find out more: iNaturalist, British Arachnological Society

Silky Gallows-spider
silky gallows-spider

Silky Gallows-spider Phycosoma inornatum 

Silky gallows-spider has been found on heathlands, beneath overhanging heather on sandy banks, in the heather canopy, on gorse scrub and pines and under stones. It has also been found in coastal grassland and dunes. Image: Tylan Berry (BAS).

Find out more: iNaturalist, British Arachnological Society

Swamp Lookout Spider

Swamp Lookout Spider Notioscopus sarcinatus

This spider occurs among wet, usually tall, moss (Sphagnum, Polytrichum, etc.), often under pine or other trees in swampy places, often in heathland areas, or sometimes in fens. It has been recorded at Redgrave and Lopham Fens.

Find out more: iNaturalist, British Arachnological Society

Whelk-shell Jumper
whelk shell jumper

Whelk-shell Jumper Pseudeuophrys obsoleta

The whelk-shell jumper appears to be restricted to shingle beaches in the south-east It has been recorded at Orford Beach and Shingle Street. It occurs among tide litter, in empty whelk shells and in the open on the shingle. Image: Anatoliy Ozernoy (iNaturalist)

Find out more: iNaturalist, British Arachnological Society

Yellow-striped Bear-spider
yellow-striped bear-spider

Yellow-striped Bear-spider Arctosa fulvolineata

Arctosa fulvolineata is a type of wolf spider which is confined to saltmarshes in the South and East of England. Image: Evan Jones (BAS).

Find out more: iNaturalist, British Arachnological Society



SBIS holds spider lists for several of the major reserves, much of the recording was done by Eric Duffey in the 1960s. There is a species-based card index of all records published in TSNS. Paul Lee has computerised most spider records on his own copy of RECORDER. There are over 10,000 records on the SBIS Database.
Further information on recording and identification can be found on the British Arachnological Society (BAS) website. See also the Spider Recording Scheme (SRS) pages.

Suffolk's most famous spider must be the Fen Raft Spider Dolomedes plantarius. One of the rarest species in the UK; they were first discovered at the SWT’s Redgrave and Lopham Fen reserve in 1956.

Basic Suffolk Checklist on Recorder


Major Publications

The Arachnida of Suffolk. W.S. Bristowe (1940 TSNS 4: 156)


Spider Fauna of the Heaths and Fens of West Suffolk. E. Duffey, G.H. Locket & A.F Millidge (1959 TSNS 10: 3)


Spiders from Redgrave, Lopham and Hopton Fens in the Waveney and Little Ouse Valleys. E.A.G. Duffey (1961)


A Preliminary Account of the Spiders of the Flatford Mill Region. J.A.L. Cooke (1962 TSNS 12: 155)


A review of Suffolk pseudoscorpions (With an original drawing by W. A. Thomhill). H. Mendel (1981 TSNS 18: 226)


The spiders of Suffolk. A. Russell-Smith (1981 TSNS 18: 213)


The study of spiders and some recent records of interesting spiders found in Suffolk. W.A Thornhill (1981 TSNS 18: 149)

Other papers from Suffolk Natural History

Keep an eye out for this cellar spider new to Suffolk. P. Lee & R. Garrod (2017) Open
Spider Recorder’s Report 2012. P. Lee (2013) Open
Nigma walckenaeri (Roewer, 1951) (Arachnida: Dictynidae) new to Suffolk. A. Knowles (2010) Open
Spider Recorder’s Annual Report, 2008. P. Lee (2009) Open
Spider Recorder’s Report, 2006 ... . P. Lee (2007) Open
Spider Recorder’s annual Report 2005. P. Lee (2006) Open
Spider Recorder’s Report, 2004 ... . P. Lee (2005) Open
Spider Recorder’s Annual Report, 2003. P. Lee (2004) Open
Spider Recorder’s Annual Report, 2002. P. Lee (2003) Open
Spider Recorder’s Report, 2001 P. Lee (2002) Open
Spider Recorder’s Annual Report 2000. P. Lee (2001) Open
Spider Recorder’s Report 1999. P. Lee (2000) Open
The Spiders of RAF Mildenhall. P. Lee (2000) Open
Spiders. W.A. Thornhill (1999) Open
The first recorded occurrence of the harvestman, Nelima gothica Lohmander in East Anglia. P. Lee (1991)  Open
Pseudoscorpions. H. Mendel (1987) p.71 Open
The distribution of the Great Raft Spider, Dolomedes plantarius, on Redgrave and Lopham Fens. W.A. Thornhill (1985) Open
A few more records of Pseudoscorpions including a species new to Suffolk. H. Mendel (1982) Open
The Distribution of some rare Breckland Spiders. E.A.G. Duffey (1965) Open
Some Spiders New to Suffolk: i Areneae. Hull; ii Chlonethida. O. Gilbert & J.E. Hull (1947) Open


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