Summary for Tegenaria parietina (Araneae)

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Tegenaria parietina
Authority: (Fourcroy, 1785)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Agelenidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 158
First Record: 1820
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 31
Pre-1992 hectads: 33
Total hectads: 58

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 180m

Species text

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).

Locally common.

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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Adult Season Data (based on 56 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 24 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 1 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 3 records with habitat detail and method information)

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