Summary for Dipoena tristis (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Female eating an ant Copyright: Lars Bruun
Identification difficulty rating: 4
Name: Dipoena tristis
Authority: (Hahn, 1833)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 95
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2018

1992-on hectads: 23
Pre-1992 hectads: 9
Total hectads: 25

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Recorded altitude range
30m to 100m

Species text

This spider is confined to southern England, recorded from south Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Surrey and Kent. It is widespread but slightly less rare in northern Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Most records for this species are from heathland but it also occurs in grasslands. It is usually found on gorse but it has also been recorded from young pines, heather and other bushes. It preys on ants which are caught with a minimal web consisting of a few sticky threads. Adults occur from May to July.

Occurring in twelve 10-km squares since 1992.

Loss of suitable habitat to afforestation and agriculture.

Management and conservation
Ensure the presence of older patches of heather on heathlands

Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.).  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 42 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 19 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 17 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 22 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Dipoena tristis

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Dipoena tristis


Dipoena tristis female
Dipoena tristis female
Female eating an ant
Female eating an ant
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