Minicia marginella (Araneae: Linyphiidae), a spider new to Britain, from the Channel Tunnel site



In the summer of 1987 a project was initiated to study certain aspects of the environmental impact of tunnelling for the Channel Tunnel. The study areas were situated in East Kent between Dover and Folkestone. At one of the chosen study sites, a male and female of the linyphiid spider Minicia marginella (Wider), hitherto unknown from Britain, were taken in pitfall traps. Both sexes of the species are described and illustrated from the British material.