Summary for Agelena labyrinthica (Araneae)

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Agelena labyrinthica female close-up Copyright: Ian Cross
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Name: Agelena labyrinthica
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Agelenidae

Records: 3376
First Record: 1820
Latest Record: 2016

1992-on hectads: 477
Pre-1992 hectads: 262
Total hectads: 560

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 673m

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Distribution
The species is widespread in much of southern England and coastal Wales. It is very scattered in northern England and not recorded from Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe as far north as southern Norway.

Habitat and ecology
This species is found in the vegetation of rough uncut grassland, uncultivated field edges and low bushes of gorse and heather where it spins a large conspicuous sheet web with a funnel retreat on or above the ground. The spider waits down the end of the tubular retreat for prey, largely grasshoppers, to alight and become entangled on the web whereupon it rushes out and takes the prey down the tube for consumption. In late summer the female builds a large and very elaborate chamber in the vegetation to enclose her eggs. The labyrinth of passages within its dense white walls have earned the spider her name of labyrinthica (Bristowe 1958). Adults of both sexes are found mainly in July and August, females later.

Status
Common in the south of England.

Original author of profile: D. Marriott

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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Adult Season Data (based on 578 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1238 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 178 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 559 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 528 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Images

Agelena labyrinthica Gloucs 3
Agelena labyrinthica Gloucs 3
Agelena labyrinthica Gloucs 2
Agelena labyrinthica Gloucs 2
Agelena labyrinthica Gloucs
Agelena labyrinthica Gloucs
Agelena labyrinthica female close-up
Agelena labyrinthica female close-up
Agelena labyrinthica female
Agelena labyrinthica female
Agelena labyrinthica web showing tunnel
Agelena labyrinthica web showing tunnel
Sheet Web with Tubular Retreat
Sheet Web with Tubular Retreat
Agelena labyrinthica living on the ceiling of a Bird Hide
Agelena labyrinthica living on the ceiling of a Bird Hide
Agelena labyrinthica in web
Agelena labyrinthica in web
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