Summary for Segestria senoculata (Araneae)

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Segestria Copyright: Michael George
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Segestria senoculata
Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Segestriidae

Records: 3197
First Record: 1858
Latest Record: 2014

1992-on hectads: 636
Pre-1992 hectads: 502
Total hectads: 929

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About this species

Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

Distribution
The species is widespread throughout Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This attractively marked spider lives in a tube constructed in a hole in a wall, under bark and stones or in rubble and scree, from sea-level to high altitudes (over 500 m in Shropshire and West Lancashire). Strong threads which act as trip wires radiate out from the hidden tube. The spider waits in the entrance of the retreat for unwary prey to touch the threads before dashing out to seize and drag the victim back into the retreat for consumption. Sometimes the spider can be enticed out with a tuning fork or a grass stem. Adults occur throughout the year, but both sexes seem to peak in spring and early summer. The eggs are laid within the female's retreat and the young stay there after hatching, sometimes eating their mother before dispersing (Roberts 1995).

Status
Generally common, particularly in the north and west.

Original author of profile: R. Ruffell

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 545 records with adult season information)


Habitats

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1318 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 58 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 298 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 527 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Images

Segestria
Segestria
segestria senoculata pairinng
segestria senoculata pairinng
Entrance to tubular retreat with trip wires
Entrance to tubular retreat with trip wires
Segestria senoculata abdomen
Segestria senoculata abdomen
Segestria senoculata with Aphid
Segestria senoculata with Aphid
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