Summary for Microlinyphia pusilla (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
-3.8m to 850m
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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