Summary for Tenuiphantes cristatus (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 1050m
The species is widespread in much of Britain, but very scattered or absent in some areas. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
L. cristatus occurs in a variety of damp shady habitats, including alder carr, mixed broad-leaved woodland, birch and pine on sphagnum, juniper scrub on limestone, wet pasture and rank grassland. It is found in leaf litter, moss, tussocks and by pitfall trapping and beating scrub. Adults of both sexes are mainly found in the autumn, both sexes occurring through the winter and spring, with a second peak of females in spring and early summer.
Local, more common in the north.
Original author of profile: J. Newton
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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