Summary for Tapinopa longidens (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 992m
The species is widespread in much of Britain, but very scattered in some areas. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
T. longidens may be locally abundant in a variety of habitats, including detritus in woods, in marshy areas, grassland, open hillsides, moorland, heather and marram dunes. The highly characteristic web is a thick glistening sheet with a white, glossy appearance quite unlike that of any other spider (Bristowe 1958). It is usually spun in small open spaces in low vegetation, over a hollow in the ground or under stones. Males are active from mid-August to mid-November with a peak of activity in September (Merrett 1969). Adults have been recorded mainly between July and October, females occasionally persisting until April.
Original author of profile: I.M. Howe
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
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