Summary for Tenuiphantes tenebricola (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Tenuiphantes tenebricola
Authority: (Wider, 1834)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2028
First Record: 1882
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 350
Pre-1992 hectads: 304
Total hectads: 578

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 1214m

Species text

The species is widespread but scattered in much of Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
L. tenebricola is predominantly a woodland spider found in leaf litter and moss, under stones or bark, under a variety of broad-leaved trees, including oak, sycamore, lime, birch, alder and willow. It has been swept out of tussocks of grass or woodrush, shaken from sedge litter, extracted from a wood ants' nest, and from a pile of hay on a roadside verge. Occasionally it may be beaten from the shrub layer, or found on tree trunks. Adults of both sexes have been recorded mainly in early to mid-summer.

More common in the north than the south, where it is rather local.

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

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