Summary for Lepthyphantes tenebricola


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Cryphoeca silvicola Orkney Copyright: Lee Johnson
Name: Tenuiphantes tenebricola
Authority: (Wider, 1834)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae

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Species text

The species is widespread but scattered in much of Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
L. tenebricola is predominantly a woodland spider found in leaf litter and moss, under stones or bark, under a variety of broad-leaved trees, including oak, sycamore, lime, birch, alder and willow. It has been swept out of tussocks of grass or woodrush, shaken from sedge litter, extracted from a wood ants' nest, and from a pile of hay on a roadside verge. Occasionally it may be beaten from the shrub layer, or found on tree trunks. Adults of both sexes have been recorded mainly in early to mid-summer.

More common in the north than the south, where it is rather local.

Original author of profile: J.M. Newton

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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