Summary for Peponocranium ludicrum (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 890m
The species is widespread in much of Britain, but scarce or absent from some areas. It is widespread in north-western Europe.
Habitat and ecology
This species is usually found on unimproved grassland and mature heathland. It can be found on tall grass, heather and gorse, but may also occur abundantly in sparsely vegetated sandy habitats. In West Lancashire it is most frequent at middle altitudes (100 - 250 m) but has been found at 400 m (J. Newton, pers. comm.). P. ludicrum builds a small sheet-web amongst vegetation, normally close to the ground. Adult males are active between April and July with a defined peak in May (Merrett 1969), but maybe later further north. Our data show a peak in recorded adults between April and July, females later than males.
Locally frequent in suitable habitats.
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