Summary for Gonatium rubens (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 942m
The species is widespread throughout most of Britain. The species is widespread in north-western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
G. rubens inhabits a wide variety of open habitats throughout Britain. On moorlands and mountains it occurs beneath Calluna vulgaris and grass tussocks. This spider has also been recorded amongst sphagnum in upland blanket bogs. In the lowlands, gorse bushes are frequented by this spider, particularly on heathlands. It has been recorded from woodlands, but only beneath open canopies. Adults have been recorded throughout the year, with a peak of both sexes in the late summer and autumn. Our data show another peak of females recorded in April and May.
Original author of profile: R.C. Gallon
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