Summary for Steatoda phalerata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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

Records: 1087
First Record: 1864
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 174
Pre-1992 hectads: 100
Total hectads: 245

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 700m

Species text

Distribution
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.

Status
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 616 records with adult season information)


Habitats

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 358 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 16 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 530 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 547 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Steatoda (Asagena) phalerata
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