Summary for Pirata piraticus (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 900m
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