Summary for Ceratinella brevis (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Ceratinella brevis
Authority: (Wider, 1834)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1804
First Record: 1835
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 235
Pre-1992 hectads: 321
Total hectads: 487

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread throughout much of Britain, but apparently absent or very rare in some areas such as East Anglia. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
C. brevis is found in a similar range of habitats to C. brevipes, but with more records from drier situations (Crocker & Daws 1996). It has been recorded from a wide variety of woodland, heathland, grassland and wetland sites, with woodland litter the favoured habitat. Adults have been recorded throughout the year, with the highest numbers in early to mid-summer.

Less common than C. brevipes in Scotland and at higher altitudes, more common at lower altitudes and in the Midlands and parts of the south of England.

Original author of profile: J.M. Newton

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 426 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 814 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 21 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 268 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 371 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Ceratinella brevis

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Ceratinella brevis


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