Summary for Xysticus kochi (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 750m
The species has a widespread but patchy and scattered Distribution: in Britain, mainly in the south. It is widespread in western and central Europe as far north as southern Norway.
Habitat and ecology
Locket and Millidge (1951) state the species occurs fairly commonly on bushes and in undergrowth. However habitat data available suggest the spider favours warm, dry conditions, provided by open and sparsely vegetated habitats such as ruderal habitats, dunes, vegetated shingle, under-cliffs, old sand and chalk pits, south facing scarps, chalk and drier parts of grazing marsh grasslands. Adults of both sexes are found mainly in May and June, but females can sometimes survive into the autumn.
Original author of profile: P.R. Harvey
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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