Summary for Araniella opisthographa (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Araniella opisthographa adult male Copyright: Esmond Brown
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Araniella opisthographa
Authority: (Kulczynski, 1905)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2710
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 563
Pre-1992 hectads: 186
Total hectads: 631

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 410m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of southern England from Yorkshire southwards, but it is much more scattered in the west and north as far as central Scotland. It is more sparsely distributed in Wales, Scotland and south-west England than A. cucurbitina. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The spider is found in a wide variety of situations, but most commonly on trees (particularly oaks) and bushes in woodland, scrub and hedgerows, as well as on nearby low vegetation. It occurs in similar habitats to A. cucurbitina, with which it is often, but not always, found. Adults of both sexes have been recorded between May and August, with a peak in late May and June. Females have occasionally persisted as late as September.

This species is common in most parts of England.

Original author of profile: D. Carr

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 1527 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 929 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 155 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 675 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 766 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Araniella opisthographa adult male
Araniella opisthographa adult male
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