Summary for Agroeca brunnea (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Agroeca brunnea adult female Copyright: Esmond Brown
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Name: Agroeca brunnea
Authority: (Blackwall, 1833)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Liocranidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1082
First Record: 1833
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 164
Pre-1992 hectads: 131
Total hectads: 249

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Recorded altitude range
3m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread but scattered in most of England, with few records in the south-west and north, Wales and Scotland. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
This spider, the largest of the Agroeca species to occur in Britain, is found mainly in woodland at ground level amongst leaf litter, grasses or other low vegetation, but also in grassland and heathland situations. The female suspends the egg-sac within a bell-shaped covering of silk on a stem of grass or some other low plant with the opening of the bell at the bottom. The silken bell is then covered with particles of earth which may afford protection from some potential predators (Bristowe 1958). Adults of both sexes have been found in most months of the year, but mostly in spring/early summer and in the autumn/early winter.


Original author of profile: R. Ruffell.

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 461 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 425 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 21 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 354 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 383 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Agroeca brunnea (female)
Agroeca brunnea (female)
Agroeca brunnea male
Agroeca brunnea male
Agroeca brunnea - Female
Agroeca brunnea - Female
Agroeca brunnea (F)
Agroeca brunnea (F)
Agroeca brunnea adult female
Agroeca brunnea adult female
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