Summary for Arctosa leopardus (Araneae)

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Arctosa leopardus Copyright: Greg Hitchcock
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Arctosa leopardus
Authority: (Sundevall, 1833)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1543
First Record: 1839
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 226
Pre-1992 hectads: 142
Total hectads: 308

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 366m

Species text

The species is widespread in Wales and on southern heathland, but very scattered elsewhere and absent from much of central and northern Britain. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This spider can be found in a variety of situations, including wet heathland, dune slacks, fenland and other wet marshy places. There appears to be an association with seasonally wet habitats. Unlike A. perita, this spider does not seem to build a burrow, seeming to be content with a silken cell constructed amongst litter or vegetation. Merrett (1968) found this spider to be adult between May and October with an ill-defined peak of male activity in June. Our data show adults of both sexes have mostly been collected between the end of April and July, females occasionally later.

Very local and often few in number.

Original author of profile: J.R. Bell

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

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 675 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 480 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 43 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 476 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 502 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Arctosa leopardus male Gloucs 2
Arctosa leopardus male Gloucs 2
Arctosa leopardus male Gloucs 1
Arctosa leopardus male Gloucs 1
Arctosa leopardus  riverbank debris
Arctosa leopardus riverbank debris
Arctosa leopardus female
Arctosa leopardus female
Arctosa leopardus male
Arctosa leopardus male
Arctosa leopardus
Arctosa leopardus
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