Summary for Agroeca proxima (Araneae)

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Agroeca proxima Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Agroeca proxima
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1871)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Liocranidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 4102
First Record: 1879
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 370
Pre-1992 hectads: 402
Total hectads: 641

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 900m

Species text

The species is widely distributed throughout Britain. It is fairly widespread in north-western and central Europe as far north as Sweden.

Habitat and ecology
This nocturnal hunter is ground living with a preference for fairly dry habitats amongst leaf litter, grasses, heather and other low vegetation. It is one of the commonest species on heathland. As with A. brunnea, the egg-sac is attached to a stem of grass or other low plant and surrounded by a protective silk chamber which is covered by soil particles (Roberts 1995). Adults of both sexes are found mainly in late summer and autumn, occasionally into late winter and spring with females persisting into the summer.

Fairly common.

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

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 1452 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1399 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 60 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1342 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1564 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Agroeca promixa (male)
Agroeca promixa (male)
Agroeca proxima male
Agroeca proxima male
Agroeca proxima
Agroeca proxima
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