Summary for Antistea elegans (Araneae)

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Antistea elegans
Authority: (Blackwall, 1841)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Hahniidae

Records: 4948
First Record: 1861
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 521
Pre-1992 hectads: 447
Total hectads: 820

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 663m

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Distribution
The species is widespread in much of Britain, but scattered in the north and some southern areas. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
A. elegans constructs a small sheet web over depressions in wetland soil, typically beneath plants (Locket & Millidge 1953). It has been recorded from reed-beds, marshes, upland blanket bogs, lowland Sphagnum bogs, seeps and woodland pool-sides. In Snowdonia specimens have been taken amongst wet sphagnum at 470 m. Adults of both sexes have been found mainly in late summer and autumn, females throughout the year.

Status
Common.

Original author of profile: R.C. Gallon

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 1129 records with adult season information)


Habitats

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1620 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 64 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 727 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 840 records with habitat detail and method information)

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