Summary for Labulla thoracica (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Labulla thoracica male Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Labulla thoracica
Authority: (Wider, 1834)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2105
First Record: 1864
Latest Record: 2019

1992-on hectads: 464
Pre-1992 hectads: 353
Total hectads: 701

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of Britain. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The spider has been recorded from damp, shady places in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, limestone pavement, unmanaged grassland, overhanging banks, gardens, and houses. It is found under loose dead bark, in hollow trees and at the base of trees, in holes, in ivy, under logs and stones, in bird boxes, in cellars and outhouses, in webs across drains and rocks. It ascends to 350 m in the Yorkshire Dales. Adults of both sexes are found mainly between August and October, but females and occasionally males can be found in most months. Immatures are readily identifiable from the three white patches on the underside of the abdomen, so it is a species which can be identified throughout the year.

Common. It is less frequent in little-wooded, lowland parts of the country. (C. Felton, pers. comm.; Smith 1982).

Original author of profile: J.M. 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

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 551 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1160 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 35 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 284 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 453 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Labulla thoracica

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Labulla thoracica


Labulla thoracica palp structure
Labulla thoracica palp structure
Adult male Labulla thoracica
Adult male Labulla thoracica
Labulla thoracica male view from below
Labulla thoracica male view from below
Labulla thoracica
Labulla thoracica
Labulla thoracica Male showing Pedipalps
Labulla thoracica Male showing Pedipalps
Labulla thoracica male from side
Labulla thoracica male from side
Labulla thoracica male
Labulla thoracica male
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