Summary for Macrargus rufus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

 
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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Macrargus rufus
Authority: (Wider, 1834)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2761
First Record: 1834
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 295
Pre-1992 hectads: 376
Total hectads: 562

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About this species

Recorded altitude range
0m to 900m

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Distribution
The species is widespread in much of Britain, but absent or very scattered in some areas. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
M. rufus is primarily a spider of woodlands, where it may be abundant in the leaf litter, moss and grass under broad-leaved and coniferous trees, from ancient oak woodland to beech and larch plantations. Occasionally it is found in other habitats such as under heather and bracken (Crocker and Daws 1996). Adults of both sexes are mostly found in the autumn, through the winter and spring, females into early summer, occasionally persisting later.

Status
Common. Its winter season may result in under-recording.

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

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 869 records with adult season information)


Habitats

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1281 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 33 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 632 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 795 records with habitat detail and method information)

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