Summary for Euophrys frontalis (Araneae)

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Euophrys frontalis male 1 Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Euophrys frontalis
Authority: (Walckenaer, 1802)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 5467
First Record: 1861
Latest Record: 2020

1992-on hectads: 675
Pre-1992 hectads: 430
Total hectads: 835

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 673m

Species text

The species is widespread in the southern half of Britain, with a few mainly coastal records further north. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
As in central Europe (see Hänggi et al. (1995)), this spider does not seem to have a well-defined habitat niche in Britain, although it seems particularly abundant in grasslands and heaths. E. frontalis has a rather catholic diet, which may include insect eggs. It is only caught during the day. Males can be observed acting out their complex courtship which involves behavioural cues using both their legs and palps (Bristowe 1929, 1958). During a resting period, E. frontalis may be found in a silken cell placed under stones or in litter. Females guard the egg-sacs which contain around 20 eggs each (Bristowe 1958). Adults of both sexes have been recorded between April and October, but mainly in May, June and July with females occasionally persisting into the autumn and winter.

Common in the south.

Original author of profile: J.R. Bell

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 2103 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 2180 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 159 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1340 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1489 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Euophrys frontalis


Female E. frontalis
Female E. frontalis
Euophrys frontalis. 2014
Euophrys frontalis. 2014
Euophrys frontalis male on wire
Euophrys frontalis male on wire
Euophrys frontalis male
Euophrys frontalis male
Euophrys frontalis male. Short open moss turf in woodland ride.
Euophrys frontalis male. Short open moss turf in woodland ride.
Euophrys frontalis male 2
Euophrys frontalis male 2
Euophrys frontalis male 1
Euophrys frontalis male 1
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