Summary for Araneus triguttatus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Araneus triguttatus Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 4
Name: Araneus triguttatus
Authority: (Fabricius, 1775)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 578
First Record: 1864
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 158
Pre-1992 hectads: 73
Total hectads: 206

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 188m

Species text

Most British records are from England south of Lincolnshire but there are old records from Scotland and northern England, which may refer to A. sturmi, the two species being confused in the past. It is widespread in western and central Europe, but in Scandinavia it has only been recorded from Sweden, where it is included in their Red List (Gardenfors 2000).

Habitat and ecology
Deciduous woodland. In contrast to Araneus sturmi the orb webs of this species are usually constructed on broad-leaved trees and shrubs, especially oak Quercus. Adults of both sexes are found from early to mid-summer, with some females surviving through to late summer.

Local but fairly common in the south-east, showing no decline. Recorded from 87 hectads post 1992

Loss of broadleaved woodland and scrub due to urban and agricultural development.

Management and conservation
Ensure woodland and scrub habitats are protected from destruction for development.

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 258 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 149 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 26 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 113 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 122 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Araneus triguttatus


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