Summary for Steatoda phalerata (Araneae)

previous species | next species

National Distribution

Logged-on? click on dot to query records. Please note our
Terms of Use. Double-click on map to go to region

View time series maps for Steatoda phalerata
Steatoda phalerata Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Steatoda phalerata
Authority: (Panzer, 1801)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1103
First Record: 1864
Latest Record: 2019

1992-on hectads: 180
Pre-1992 hectads: 100
Total hectads: 249

Explore Regional Distribution

Please log on and add a note on this species

Missing records?

log-on to access spider taxon report

Please report any problems with this record:
VC error
GR error
Taxon ID suspect
Structural habitat suspect
Other problems, please explain here:


About this species

Recorded altitude range
1m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread but locally distributed throughout Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This spider is usually found at ground level or in low vegetation in dry grassland, heathland and on sand dunes. It is ant-like in appearance and is usually found with ants, sometimes even in their nests. It does not build a web but actively hunts ants, which it captures with little or no use of silk to immobilise them. Adult males have been recorded in the summer between May and September, females until October.

Generally uncommon throughout its range.

Original author of profile: P. Lee

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 631 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 363 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 19 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 536 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 556 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Steatoda phalerata

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Steatoda phalerata


Steatoda (Asagena) phalerata
Steatoda (Asagena) phalerata
Steatoda phalerata
Steatoda phalerata
please log on and upload a new image for this species

See also A-Z Species Index - A-Z Picture Index - previous species | next species