Summary for Tegenaria domestica (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 490m
T. domestica is widely distributed in much of Britain, but more scattered in the west and north. It is widely distributed in Europe (Maurer 1992) and has colonised many other parts of the world as a result of transportation by man.
Habitat and ecology
Almost entirely found within buildings although Bristowe (1958) reported finding the species in the entrance to dry caves and in hollow trees. Adults of both sexes have been recorded throughout the year, but mostly from spring to mid-summer and autumn.
Common, but in some places, such as Cambridgeshire and Essex, it seems much less common than T. gigantea (I. Dawson & P.R. Harvey, pers. comms.).
Original author of profile: G. Oxford.
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