Summary for Achaearanea lunata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

 
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A. lunata dorsum Copyright: Andrew Keay
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Achaearanea lunata
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae

Records: 1261
First Record: 1884
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 272
Pre-1992 hectads: 135
Total hectads: 332

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About this species

Recorded altitude range
0m to 250m

Species text

Distribution
The spider is widespread in much of England but apparently absent to the north of the Humber and from most of western Britain. The species is widespread in western and central Europe including Scandinavia.

Habitat and ecology
The large scaffold webs of this spider are found on bushes and the lower branches of trees, 1.5 - 2 m above the ground (Jones 1983) and in large crevices on the sides of trunks such as old birch trees. The webs may be found between small side twigs or projections and the main trunk, making the spider easy to find by bark brushing (I. Dawson, pers. comm.). It is often found in dense, shaded woodland sites but has also been taken from gorse on more open heathland. Females also build their webs on structures including fences, gates and gravestones, etc (J. Daws, pers. comm.). Both sexes are mature in early summer, with females persisting through the summer and occasionally into the autumn.

Status
The species is generally uncommon but may be locally frequent.

Original author of profile: P. Lee

Text based on Harvey, P.R., Nellist, D.R. & Telfer, M.G. (eds) 2002. Provisional atlas of British spiders (Arachnida, Araneae), Volumes 1 & 2. Huntingdon: Biological Records Centre.  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 476 records with adult season information)


Habitats

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 508 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 23 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 123 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 217 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Achaearanea lunata

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Achaearanea lunata

Images

A. lunata dorsum
A. lunata dorsum
A. lunata epigyne
A. lunata epigyne
A. lunata eye arrangement
A. lunata eye arrangement
A. lunata
A. lunata
Achaearanea lunata Female 3
Achaearanea lunata Female 3
Achaearanea lunata Female 2
Achaearanea lunata Female 2
Achaearanea lunata Female
Achaearanea lunata Female
Achaearanea lunata Male Juvenile
Achaearanea lunata Male Juvenile
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