Summary for Aelurillus v-insignitus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Aelurillus v-insignitus male Copyright: Peter Harvey
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Name: Aelurillus v-insignitus
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 240
First Record: 1895
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 37
Pre-1992 hectads: 32
Total hectads: 49

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 140m

Species text

A. v-insignitus is confined to England south of a line from the Wash to the Severn, apart from one record for Ramsey Island in Pembrokeshire and two localities in Scotland, where an 1895 record from Fife was confirmed in 1999 and the species was recorded in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh in 1998 and 1999. It is widespread in Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Heathland and dry grassland. This species occurs mainly in dry, open, sunny areas on heathland, and also on short, stony calcareous grassland, usually near the coast, and occasionally on rocks near the sea. On heathland the spider reaches highest densities between about 4 and 10 years after burning, but may be present even on mature heathland. Males are adult from May to July and again in late August and September, females are adult from May to September.

The spider is sometimes common on heathland, but rather local. It is probably commoner towards the south-west and near the coast than in the south-east.

The loss of heathland to agriculture, forestry and development.

Management and conservation
Maintain all seral stages of heather by rotational management. This species is able to survive in all ages of heather, but is more abundant in younger heather.

Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.).  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 96 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 74 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 2 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 47 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 35 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Aelurillus v-insignitus

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Aelurillus v-insignitus


Submale Aelurillus v-insignitus 2
Submale Aelurillus v-insignitus 2
Subadult male Aelurillus v-insignitus 1
Subadult male Aelurillus v-insignitus 1
male capture of Aelurillus v-insignitus
male capture of Aelurillus v-insignitus
Aelurillus v-insignitus  female 2014
Aelurillus v-insignitus female 2014
Aelurillus v-insignitus female revisit.
Aelurillus v-insignitus female revisit.
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ful body capture.
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First capture head
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Aelurillus v-insignitus male
Aelurillus v-insignitus male
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