Summary for Anyphaena accentuata (Araneae)

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Anyphaena accentuata dark form Copyright: Martin Askins
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Name: Anyphaena accentuata
Authority: (Walckenaer, 1802)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Anyphaenidae

Records: 3930
First Record: 1858
Latest Record: 2016

1992-on hectads: 495
Pre-1992 hectads: 320
Total hectads: 641

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 609m

Species text

The species is widespread in most of southern Britain, becoming more scattered as far north as central Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This species is found in woodland and bushy areas. It is easily recognisable by the distinctive arrow-like markings on the abdomen quite unlike any other British species. The spiders hunt and mate on the leaves of trees and bushes. During courtship the male is known to emit a high pitched buzzing sound by vibrating its abdomen on a leaf. This sound may be inaudible to older people. Adults of both sexes are mostly found in early to mid-summer with females sometimes surviving through to the autumn. Immatures can be found in ground vegetation, leaf litter and under bark in the autumn and winter.

Common and locally abundant especially in the south of England.

Original author of profile: D. Marriott

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 845 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1882 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 110 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 723 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 926 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recently Molted Male Anyphaena accentuata
Recently Molted Male Anyphaena accentuata
Anyphaena accentuata
Anyphaena accentuata
Anyphaena accentuata dark form
Anyphaena accentuata dark form
Anyphaena accentuata immature
Anyphaena accentuata immature
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