Summary for Alopecosa cuneata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Alopecosa cuneata female Copyright: Peter Harvey
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Name: Alopecosa cuneata
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 667
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 130
Pre-1992 hectads: 70
Total hectads: 174

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

Widely distributed but local in the lowlands of southern England, especially on chalk grassland and dunes, with the few more northerly records mostly coastal. The species is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Grassland and sand dunes. A. cuneata occurs on old and unimproved grasslands and dunes, especially where there are areas of sparsely vegetated ground, short turf and lichen heath. Adults of both sexes are found from late spring to early summer, females sometimes until the autumn.

The species is local and uncommon, although it may occur in numbers. In the agricultural lowlands of southern England it is very locally distributed and rare.

The main threats to this species are the destruction and fragmentation of lowland heathland and grassland resulting from housing and agricultural development, particularly in southern Britain.

Management and conservation
Ensure heathland and grassland sites where it occurs are protected from further development for housing and agriculture. Manage heathlands to ensure sufficient bare ground for the species to survive.

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

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 370 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 153 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 13 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 283 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 292 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Alopecosa cuneata (male)
Alopecosa cuneata (male)
Alopecosa cuneata female with egg sac
Alopecosa cuneata female with egg sac
Alopecosa cuneata male
Alopecosa cuneata male
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Alopecosa cuneata female
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