Summary for Agyneta saxatilis sens. str. (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Agyneta saxatilis sens. str. male Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Agyneta saxatilis sens. str.
Authority: (Blackwall, 1844)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1201
First Record: 1919
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 385
Pre-1992 hectads: 84
Total hectads: 438

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 760m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of Britain, becoming more scattered further north. A new species, M. mossica was split from M. saxatilis by Schikora (1993). Prior to that the two species had been confused under the name M. saxatilis. Consequently, a number of the western and northern upland records of M. saxatilis mapped here may in fact relate to M. mossica. M. saxatilis is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Schikora (1993) notes that M. saxatilis is likely to have a much broader habitat niche than M. mossica, which includes coastal and inland grasslands, crop fields, broad-leaved and pine woodland. The two species only overlap in bogs and peaty areas. Within these habitats, M. saxatilis is normally to be found in a small sheet web in the litter zone or at the base of vegetation. Adults have a peak in activity in July (Bell 1999), but have been found between March and October with both sexes recorded mainly from early to mid-summer.


Original author of profile: J.R. Bell

Text derived from 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 897 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 411 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 133 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 539 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 755 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Agyneta saxatilis sens. str.

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Agyneta saxatilis sens. str.


Agyneta saxatilis female
Agyneta saxatilis female
Agyneta saxatilis (male)
Agyneta saxatilis (male)
Agyneta saxatilis sens. str. male
Agyneta saxatilis sens. str. male
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