Summary for Pirata latitans (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Pirata latitans female Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Pirata latitans
Authority: (Blackwall, 1841)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1510
First Record: 1861
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 212
Pre-1992 hectads: 202
Total hectads: 348

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 410m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of the southern half of Britain, but very scattered in northern England reaching south-west Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe as far north as Denmark.

Habitat and ecology
P. latitans is a species of the ground layer of open marsh and fen habitats, and sometimes in damp grassy habitats. It is less associated with Sphagnum bogs than other species of Pirata, though it does occur on Sphagnum. It is often found by the edge of open water, which it will run across. Both sexes are found mainly from early to mid-summer, females with eggs into August and later.

Local, very infrequent in Scotland.

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 502 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 492 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 21 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 345 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 380 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Pirata latitans

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Pirata latitans


Pirata latitans female
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