Summary for Araneus marmoreus var. marmoreus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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A. var. marmoreus - side view Copyright: John Walsh
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Name: Araneus marmoreus var. marmoreus
Authority: Clerck, 1757
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 80
First Record: 1946
Latest Record: 2021

1992-on hectads: 19
Pre-1992 hectads: 14
Total hectads: 27

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 205m

Species text

The species is widespread but locally distributed in Britain, mainly south of a line between Carmarthenshire and Yorkshire. It is widespread in western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
Both forms may be found in woodlands and wet heathland. Araneus marmoreus is a large orb web spider that spins its web on the lower branches of trees, shrubs and in tall herbaceous vegetation but usually at heights above 1.5 m (Jones 1983). At Wicken Fen the form pyramidatus is common quite low down in webs spun in rank path-side grass (I. Dawson, pers. comm.). Both sexes are adult from late summer through to the autumn.

An uncommon species with two distinct colour varieties. A. marmoreus var. marmoreus is found mainly in an area of eastern England from Norfolk to Yorkshire, where it can be relatively common on the lowland heaths (Smith 1982).

Original author of profile: P. Lee  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 27 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 36 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 14 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 23 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 14 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Araneus marmoreus var. marmoreus

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Araneus marmoreus var. marmoreus


A. var. marmoreus - side view
A. var. marmoreus - side view
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