Summary for Pirata hygrophilus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Pirata hygrophilus
Authority: Thorell, 1872
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 3714
First Record: 1895
Latest Record: 2018

1992-on hectads: 368
Pre-1992 hectads: 351
Total hectads: 576

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 549m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of the southern half of Britain, much more scattered in the north. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
P. hygrophilus may be abundant in the ground layer of damp woodland, raised bogs, lowland heaths, marshy grassland and other damp or wet habitats, but it is not normally associated with open water. Adults of both sexes are found mainly from early to mid-summer, females persisting until later.

The species is less frequently recorded than P. piraticus, with which it often occurs, but it may be locally abundant. It is possibly under-recorded because it is less active during the day and more likely to remain hidden under vegetation.

Original author of profile: J. Newton

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 1180 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1494 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 91 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 704 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 898 records with habitat detail and method information)

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