Summary for Microlinyphia pusilla (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Name: Microlinyphia pusilla
Authority: (Sundevall, 1830)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 4886
First Record: 1833
Latest Record: 2019

1992-on hectads: 814
Pre-1992 hectads: 608
Total hectads: 1145

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Recorded altitude range
-3.8m to 850m

Species text

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

Habitat and ecology
This species spins a horizontal sheet web in low vegetation in a wide range of habitats such as heathland, dune, scrub saltmarsh and other wet habitats, but is perhaps commonest in grassland. The male is a little smaller than the female, which it does not resemble. Both sexes are mature in spring and summer, with a peak from early to mid-summer, individuals occasionally persisting into the autumn.


Original author of profile: D. Marriott

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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Adult Season Data (based on 1845 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 2279 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 184 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 984 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1256 records with habitat detail and method information)

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