Summary for Antistea elegans (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 663m
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.
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
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