Summary for Tegenaria silvestris (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Tegenaria silvestris Copyright: Evan Jones
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Tegenaria silvestris
Authority: L.Koch, 1872
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Agelenidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1233
First Record: 1872
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 272
Pre-1992 hectads: 164
Total hectads: 368

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Recorded altitude range
2m to 600m

Species text

T. silvestris is widespread in central and southern England and Wales, but very scattered further north. The species occurs across the whole of Europe and into the Ukraine and Moldavia, although it is absent from Scandinavia (Maurer 1992).

Habitat and ecology
This spider is usually associated with woodland, where it occurs in damp situations where sheet webs can be constructed, such as low banks and ditches, and in open vegetation along rides, but it is also to be found in caves, under bark, logs and stones, and sometimes on scrubby waste ground and along railway lines. It occasionally enters houses. Its small size may sometimes cause it to be disregarded as immature. Adults have been found most of the year, both sexes mainly in spring and early summer, and late summer or autumn.


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

 Account last edited by Greg Hitchcock at 21:17 on Thu 6th Mar 2014.

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 253 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 533 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 10 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 145 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 167 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Tegenaria silvestris sub adult male
Tegenaria silvestris sub adult male
Adult female T.silvestris 2
Adult female T.silvestris 2
Adult female T.silvestris 1
Adult female T.silvestris 1
Tegenaria silvestris
Tegenaria silvestris
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