Summary for Agalenatea redii (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Agalenatea redii Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Agalenatea redii
Authority: (Scopoli, 1763)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2445
First Record: 1864
Latest Record: 2019

1992-on hectads: 403
Pre-1992 hectads: 168
Total hectads: 471

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 673m

Species text

The spider is widespread in England and Wales as far north as West Lancashire and North-east Yorkshire, but is absent further north apart from one record for south-west Scotland (McCleary 1998). The species is widespread in western Europe as far north as Scandinavia, but only one old record is mapped at the southern tip of Norway (Aakra & Hauge 2000) and the species is apparently absent from Finland.

Habitat and ecology
The species is found in heather and gorse, usually below one metre above the ground, and rough grassland where the spider often makes its web between dead herbaceous stems with a retreat in a dead flower-head. In the north of England the spider is most common on sand dunes, often on creeping willow (J. Newton, pers. comm.). The hub of the medium sized orb web is often covered with fine silk. The spider's abdominal markings show considerable variability (see Jones (1983)). After over-wintering as a sub-adult, adults can be found from late spring to mid-summer.

Local, but the species may be numerous in suitable habitat in the south. It is rare and mostly coastal in north-west England.

Original author of profile: W.J. Partridge

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

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Adult Season Data (based on 630 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 937 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 49 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 519 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 694 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Agalenatea redii Swinley Park
Agalenatea redii Swinley Park
Agalenatea redii female
Agalenatea redii female
Agalenatea redii Sussex downs
Agalenatea redii Sussex downs
Agalenatea redii 2
Agalenatea redii 2
Agalenatea redii
Agalenatea redii
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