Summary for Dysdera Crocata (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 500m
D. crocata is widespread in southern Britain, particularly near the coast, but is absent from much of Wales and the north. In Europe it is widely distributed but has not been recorded from Scandinavia north of Denmark.
Habitat and ecology
D. crocata occurs in maritime habitats and is often synanthropic, found in damp cellars and kitchens and under stones, logs and debris in damp gardens, churchyards and waste ground, where it feeds largely on woodlice at night. Adults have been recorded all year round, with a peak from spring to mid-summer, and possibly again in the autumn.
This species is common and abundant in suitable habitats in much of southern lowland Britain
Original author of profile: P. Smithers
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