Summary for Clubiona Phragmitis (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Clubiona phragmitis female Copyright: Lars Bruun
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Name: Clubiona phragmitis
Authority: C.L.Koch, 1843
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Clubionidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 4115
First Record: 1872
Latest Record: 2024

1992-on hectads: 517
Pre-1992 hectads: 349
Total hectads: 668

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 366m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of England from Yorkshire southwards and lowland Wales, but very scattered in south-west England and northern Britain. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Can be found in most wetland habitats, especially in emergent vegetation at the edge of water and occasionally on sand dunes. In standing water the spider may be seen stalking prey on stems just above the waterline (Crocker & Daws 1996). The silk retreat is often easiest to see, woven into a folded reed leaf or Phragmites head, where the female may be found guarding her egg-sac. Adults have been found throughout the year, but mostly in late spring to mid-summer and late summer to early autumn.

Locally common.

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 1632 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1300 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 147 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 604 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 794 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Clubiona phragmitis (fig 2) Entered retreat to guard eggs.
Clubiona phragmitis (fig 2) Entered retreat to guard eggs.
Clubiona phragmitis with eggs laid in retreat.(fig1)
Clubiona phragmitis with eggs laid in retreat.(fig1)
Clubiona phragmitis female
Clubiona phragmitis female
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