Summary for Trochosa ruricola (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Trochosa ruricola female Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Trochosa ruricola
Authority: (De Geer, 1778)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 4538
First Record: 1800
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 489
Pre-1992 hectads: 414
Total hectads: 724

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in the southern half of Britain, becoming very scattered in the north. It is widespread in western and central Europe as far north as southern Norway.

Habitat and ecology
This spider is often found under stones and logs in damper situations such as meadows, on the sides of ditches, and in marshland. Adults of both sexes have been recorded from March to December, but mainly from late spring to mid-summer.

Common throughout, though generally only at low altitudes.

Original author of profile: W.J. Partridge

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

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 1852 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1765 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 131 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1314 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1387 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Trochosa ruricola female
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