Summary for Alopecosa barbipes (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
-4m to 750m
The species is widely distributed but scattered in much of Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
A. barbipes occurs on heathlands and old and unimproved grasslands, especially where there are areas of sparsely vegetated ground, short turf and lichen heath. Adults of both sexes are found mainly in early spring to mid-summer. Females are occasionally recorded at other times of year and males in the autumn and winter.
The species is rare in the agricultural lowlands of England e.g. in Leicestershire (Crocker & Daws 1996), Essex (Harvey 2000c), and very rare in most of the north of Britain.
Original author of profile: P.R. Harvey
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