Summary for Oonops pulcher (Araneae)

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Oonops pulcher
Authority: Templeton, 1835
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Oonopidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1235
First Record: 1858
Latest Record: 2016

1992-on hectads: 280
Pre-1992 hectads: 252
Total hectads: 461

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 488m

Species text

Distribution
The spider is widely distributed throughout Britain. It is widespread in Europe but not recorded from most of Scandinavia.

Habitat and ecology
This small, pale, pink spider can be found in dry litter, grass tussocks and birds' nests, under stones and tree bark, where it is sometimes in the webs of Amaurobius fenestralis. It is also occasionally found in sheds and other buildings. A six-eyed, free-living, hunting spider, it spends the day in a silken cell, emerging at night to feed. As with O. domesticus the pink eggs are laid in batches of two. Both sexes have been found throughout the year, but there seem to be peaks in the spring/early summer and late summer/autumn.

Status
Local, but the species can be quite numerous where it occurs.

Original author of profile: R. Ruffell

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 295 records with adult season information)


Habitats

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 514 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 14 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 171 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 210 records with habitat detail and method information)

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