Summary for Antistea elegans (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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

Records: 5344
First Record: 1861
Latest Record: 2021

1992-on hectads: 585
Pre-1992 hectads: 446
Total hectads: 862

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 663m

Species text

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

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 1503 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1706 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 126 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 853 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1107 records with habitat detail and method information)

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