Summary for Meioneta beata (Araneae)

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Meioneta beata
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1906)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 859
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 146
Pre-1992 hectads: 154
Total hectads: 271

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species has a widespread but patchy Distribution: , and appears to be absent from many areas of the country. It is widespread in most of north-western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from the Netherlands, Sweden, Hungary or Poland.

Habitat and ecology
This is principally a grassland spider which occurs in a sheet web in the lower strata of the vegetation. It occurs on heathland in the New Forest, but it is not generally found in this habitat (P. Merrett, pers. comm.). In central Europe, M. beata appears to have a much broader niche, occurring in a wide variety of habitats including raised bogs, fens and wet meadows (Hänggi et al. 1995). It seems to be commonest in open habitats, only rarely being found in closed canopy woodlands. Crocker & Daws (1996) note adults from May to September. Our data record adults of both sexes for most of the year, between February and December, mainly from late spring to mid-summer.


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 392 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 277 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 9 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 236 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 336 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Meioneta beata

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Meioneta beata


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