Summary for Pseudeuophrys lanigera (Araneae)
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The species is widespread in much of England, with a few records in Wales and Scotland and is apparently spreading north, probably partly assisted by man. It is widespread in western and central Europe as far north as Denmark.
Habitat and ecology
This species was first recorded in Devon in 1930 and since that time has spread rapidly northwards (Merrett 1979). E. lanigera is strongly associated with man, and is one of the few spiders that is characteristic of roofs and walls of buildings. It may be found away from this habitat, in woodlands for example, but these records are rare. The spider has been observed using a drop-and-swing behaviour (pers. obs.), which is successfully used by other species to become airborne. An aeronautic habit would explain, in part, its successful migration from Devon northwards to Scotland. Due to the favourably warm microclimate provided by central heating in houses, the spiders seem to continually produce young year-round (Clarke 1972). Adult females can be found in all months, but males may not survive the winter.
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