Summary for Pirata piraticus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Pirata piraticus with eggsac Copyright: Peter Harvey
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Name: Pirata piraticus
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 9210
First Record: 1820
Latest Record: 2019

1992-on hectads: 958
Pre-1992 hectads: 668
Total hectads: 1287

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 900m

Species text

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

Habitat and ecology
This species occurs in a wide variety of wetland habitats such as pond and stream margins, marshes, fens, upland blanket bogs, Sphagnum seeps and reed-beds. In sunny weather this ambush predator can be found in the open, but in cooler weather it conceals itself amongst low vegetation. Adults of both sexes have been recorded between late spring and autumn, but mainly from early to mid-summer. Females carry a single, ovoid, white egg-sac attached to their spinnerets.


Original author of profile: R.C. Gallon

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 3083 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 2702 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 177 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1803 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1994 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Pirata piraticus with egg sac
Pirata piraticus with egg sac
Pirata piraticus
Pirata piraticus
Pirata piraticus with spiderlings
Pirata piraticus with spiderlings
Pirata piraticus spiderlings
Pirata piraticus spiderlings
Pirata piraticus with eggsac
Pirata piraticus with eggsac
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