Summary for Tegenaria parietina (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
1m to 180m
The species is widespread within its range in Britain, occupying the southern counties of England, but not those in the south-west. In Europe it is widespread from Portugal to Russia, and from Italy to Scandinavia (Maurer 1992). It also occurs in eastern Ireland.
Habitat and ecology
Roberts (1995) records the habitat as 'sometimes in houses but usually in very old buildings'. It can also occur in abundance on the outside of buildings (e.g. Pershore Abbey, Worcestershire) and has been collected well away from buildings in an ivy-covered wall in Marlborough, Wiltshire. These habitats are described in Roberts (1995) as being more typical of the species in southern Europe. Adults of both sexes have mostly been recorded in late summer and autumn. This species shows extreme sexual dimorphism for leg length with mature males having legs almost twice as long as those of equivalent sized females (Oxford & Merrett 2000).
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
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