Summary for Araniella cucurbitina sens. str. (Araneae)

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National Distribution

 
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Araniella curcubitina web on a Hazel leaf. Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Araniella cucurbitina sens. str.
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae

Records: 4495
First Record: 1858
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 678
Pre-1992 hectads: 497
Total hectads: 924

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About this species

Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

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Distribution
The species is widely distributed in Britain, becoming more scattered in the west and north. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The spider is found in a wide variety of situations, but most commonly on trees (particularly oaks) and bushes in woodland, scrub and hedgerows, as well as on nearby low vegetation. It occurs in similar habitats to A. opisthographa, with which it is often, but not always, found. Adults of both sexes have been recorded between May and July, with a peak in June. Females have occasionally persisted as late as September.

Status
The species is common in England and Wales but a little less so in Scotland.

Original author of profile: D. Carr

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 1844 records with adult season information)


Habitats

background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1701 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 201 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 854 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 967 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Araniella cucurbitina sens. str.

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Araniella cucurbitina sens. str.

Images

Araniella curcubitina web on a Hazel leaf.
Araniella curcubitina web on a Hazel leaf.
A. cucurbitina
A. cucurbitina
Araniella cucurbitina with egg sac in hedge
Araniella cucurbitina with egg sac in hedge
Araniella cucurbitina with web
Araniella cucurbitina with web
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