Summary for Araniella cucurbitina sens. lat. (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Araniella opsithographa Copyright: Sue Horne
Identification difficulty rating: 2
Name: Araniella cucurbitina sens. lat.
Authority: auct.
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 380
First Record: 1886
Latest Record: 2021

1992-on hectads: 125
Pre-1992 hectads: 26
Total hectads: 140

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 270m

Species text

Old records of Araniella cucurbitina included A. opisthographa as a variety of A. cucurbitina or did not distinguish this taxon at all from A. cucurbitina in its wide sense (Araniella cucurbitina sens. lat.). This therefore means that these records cannot be separated unless vouchers exist and these have been re-determined. No Araniella species can be identified to species level without careful microscopic examination of adults, and this is true of A. cucurbitina sens. str. and A. opisthographa, as well as the scarcer species A. inconspicua, A. alpica and A. displicata. Identification to species cannot be made from photographs.  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 129 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 191 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 68 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 57 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 126 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Araniella cucurbitina sens. lat.

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Araniella opsithographa
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