Summary for Gonatium rubellum (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 900m
The species is widespread throughout much of Britain. A Palaearctic species widespread in north-western and central Europe, common from the north of Finland to the Balkans (Millidge 1981).
Habitat and ecology
G. rubellum may be found in moss, leaf litter, detritus, short herbaceous vegetation and on bushes in wooded areas, sometimes accompanied by G. rubens. In Leicestershire all records are from broad-leaved and mixed woodland (Crocker & Daws 1996) and in Essex G. rubellum is associated with old or ancient woodlands whereas G. rubens occurs in a wide variety of habitats (P.R. Harvey, pers. comm.). Adults have been recorded at most times of year but the peak of activity is in August and early autumn (Millidge 1981).
The spider is much more local than G. rubens, but frequent in suitable habitat.
Original author of profile: D.R. Nellist
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
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