Summary for Agroeca cuprea (Araneae)

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Agroeca cuprea female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Agroeca cuprea
Authority: Menge, 1873
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Liocranidae
BAP status: UKBAP
National Rarity status: NR
IUCN status: NT, criteria: B2a

Records: 65
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 12
Pre-1992 hectads: 12
Total hectads: 18

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 45m

Species text

There are widely scattered records from the south coast, especially in Kent, and inland in the Norfolk Brecks, and it has recently (2007) been recorded from Humphrey Head at the head of Morecambe Bay, Lancashire. Its continued presence at its only known Scottish site, in Kincardineshire, was confirmed in 2009. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Ireland, Denmark or Finland.

Habitat and ecology
Heathland, coastal grassland, dunes. A. cuprea is found in a variety of dry sandy habitats e.g. heathland at Kynance Cove, Cornwall, sand dunes at Rye and Camber, Sussex, and Sandwich, Kent, dry grassland near Folkestone, Kent, in Devon and on Breckland heaths. All sites are coastal apart from the Breckland. Both sexes have been found in September, females also in April and May. A male has also been taken in October in Breckland. The phenology is possibly similar to that of most other Agroeca species, males of which are mature in September and October, with females persisting for most of the year.

UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species. The spider may be fairly numerous where found, but apparently very local. It is known from three locations since 1992. It appears to have suffered major decline in area of occupancy, but as its records are scattered over a wide area, it may possibly occur in other dry coastal sites as shown by its recent discovery in Lancashire.

There is possibly little threat to its coastal cliff-top sites, but its sand dune sites are likely to be threatened by holiday development, golf courses, etc, and its Breckland sites by afforestation.

Management and conservation
Ensure that coastal sites for the species are protected from further development or recreational pressures. Protect Breckland sites from uneccessary afforestation.

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

 Account last edited by Mike Davidson at 13:01 on Wed 10th Aug 2011.

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 35 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 26 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 3 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 28 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 21 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Agroeca cuprea

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Agroeca cuprea


Agroeca cuprea female
Agroeca cuprea female
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