Summary for Centromerus sylvaticus (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 900m
The species is widespread in much of Britain, but very scattered in the west and some other areas. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
C. sylvaticus is generally regarded as preferring moss and grass in woodland. However it has been recorded from a wide variety of habitats including grassland, heathland, marsh, peat bog and waterside vegetation (Crocker & Daws 1996) and it may be frequent in rough grassland in Essex (P.R. Harvey, pers. comm.). Adult females have been recorded throughout the year but both sexes peak in the autumn and winter. Pitfall trapping in a mature chestnut coppice (Russell-Smith & Swann 1972) and on a site at Spurn Point periodically flooded by the sea (Sudd 1974) also showed the males to be winter active.
Original author of profile: D.R. Nellist
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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