Summary for Dicymbium nigrum (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 1060m
The spider is widespread throughout Britain, but it is not usually found with D. brevisetosum. It is a Palaearctic species, widespread in Europe. The distribution map shows all records of D. nigrum, including any records based on females, which are indistinguishable from D. brevisetosum.
Habitat and ecology
D. nigrum is a common aeronaut which has been found in a wide variety of habitats including sphagnum bogs, grassland, damp woodland, heathland, marshes, wastelands and detritus. Some records are from moles' nests. It has been recorded at 2000' (610 m) on mountains in northern Scotland (Cooke 1968b). Adults have been recorded throughout the year with peaks in early summer and autumn.
A common species, more so in the south.
Original author of profile: I.M. Howe
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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