Summary for Agyneta rurestris (Araneae)

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Agyneta rurestris female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Agyneta rurestris
Authority: (C.L.Koch, 1836)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 6499
First Record: 1836
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 707
Pre-1992 hectads: 522
Total hectads: 968

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 1060m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of Britain, becoming scattered in the west and north. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
A central and northern European species abundant in disturbed sparsely vegetated habitats. M. rurestris is one of the commonest spiders living on British grasslands and cultivated land. It builds a small horizontal sheet web (c. 30 cm2) over depressions in the soil or against stones, normally over bare ground but also amongst vegetation (Thornhill 1983). This spider is known for its super-colonising ability of pioneer habitats (e.g. Meijer 1977). In a Swiss experiment, it was found that there are two main phases of aerial dispersal: the first from July to early September and, the second from mid-October to mid-November (Blandenier & F├╝rst 1998). Although adults have been taken throughout the year, combined data from Thornhill (1983) and Bell (1999) suggest that that the peak of activity is between May and August, indicating the main copulation phase. The diet consists of Collembola, Homoptera and Thysanoptera (Sunderland et al. 1986).


Original author of profile: J.R. Bell

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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