Summary for Aphileta misera (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Aphileta misera male Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Aphileta misera
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1882)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1962
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 233
Pre-1992 hectads: 171
Total hectads: 338

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 500m

Species text

A. misera is widespread on southern heathlands and in East Anglia, in a band from south-west Wales to Yorkshire, and in northern England and the Borders but the Distribution: is scattered elsewhere and the species is absent from many areas of southern England. It is a widespread, northern Holarctic species (Platnick 1998; Denis 1969).

Habitat and ecology
This spider inhabits undisturbed, acidic wetlands such as fens, mires and blanket bogs. It is commonly found in the uplands where it lives amongst low bog vegetation. Adults have been recorded throughout the year, mainly from January through to the spring and summer. In North Wales, egg-sacs have been found in June affixed within clumps of Polytrichum commune. The female stands guard over the single egg-sac.


Original author of profile: R.C. Gallon

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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Adult Season Data (based on 1183 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 698 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 116 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 583 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1054 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Aphileta misera female
Aphileta misera female
Aphileta misera male
Aphileta misera male
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