Summary for Tegenaria domestica (Araneae)

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National Distribution

 
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Tegenaria domestica male 1 Copyright: Peter Harvey
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Name: Tegenaria domestica
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Agelenidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1297
First Record: 1820
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 238
Pre-1992 hectads: 259
Total hectads: 427

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 490m

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Distribution
Tegenaria 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 humans.

Habitat and ecology
Found most commonly within buildings and adjacent gardens. 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.

Status
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.). It may be suffering as a result of competition from the larger Tegenaria species, and also from expanding populations of Pholcus phalangioides and Steatoda nobilis, both of which eat other spiders.

Author of profile: Geoff Oxford.

References
Bristowe, W. S. 1958. World of spiders. London: Collins New Naturalist.
Maurer R. 1992. Checkliste der Europäischen Agelenidae nach der Roewerschen Systematik. 1954 – unter Berücksichtigung Angrenzender Östlicher Gebiete 1: 1–28. Holderbank, Switzerland. Privately published.  References

 Account last edited by Geoff Oxford at 16:03 on Fri 22nd Jun 2018.

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 366 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 506 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 33 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 107 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Tegenaria domestica male 2
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