Summary for Cheiracanthium erraticum (Araneae)

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National Distribution

 
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Cheiracanthium erraticum male Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Cheiracanthium erraticum
Authority: (Walckenaer, 1802)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Clubionidae

Records: 1602
First Record: 1861
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 330
Pre-1992 hectads: 214
Total hectads: 442

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Recorded altitude range
-4m to 700m

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Distribution
The species is widespread south of the Wash, but is more scattered in the west and in the north as far as central Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The spider occurs on low plants in rough vegetation and heather. It is most easily found in early summer by looking for the retreat constructed from two or three leaves, or grass heads, stitched together to make a retreat which will hold the female and egg-sac. Later in the year, immature specimens, which already show the reddish median stripe on the abdomen, can be found in small silk cells on plant stems such as dried docks. Adult males are found mainly in late spring and early summer, females from late spring to the autumn.

Status
Local.

Original author of profile: W.J. Partridge

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 473 records with adult season information)


Habitats

background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 654 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 44 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 371 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 411 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Cocoon of Cheiracanthium erraticum
Cocoon of Cheiracanthium erraticum
Cheiracanthium erraticum male
Cheiracanthium erraticum male
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