Summary for Ero cambridgei (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 700m
The species is widespread in southern Britain, becoming much more restricted and scattered in the north. It is much less widespread than E. furcata on the continent (P. Merrett, pers. comm.).
Habitat and ecology
This pirate spider is found on trees, bushes, low vegetation and in leaf litter in a variety of habitats. It searches out the webs of other spiders, and plucks the threads to entice out the occupant. Powerful venom rapidly paralyses the unfortunate web spinner and the pirate spider then sucks dry its prey through an incision in a leg. This species may be collected with specimens of E. furcata. Adults have been collected throughout the year, with peaks in the autumn and in spring and early summer.
Generally common in southern Britain.
Original author of profile: P. Lee
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