Summary for Arctosa perita (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Arctosa perita Copyright: Martin Askins
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Arctosa perita
Authority: (Latreille, 1799)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2129
First Record: 1855
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 319
Pre-1992 hectads: 234
Total hectads: 445

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Recorded altitude range
-4m to 396m

Species text

The species is widespread in coastal Britain, but inland records are patchy and scattered, restricted to suitable habitat. The range of this spider may be increasing with new records inland. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
A species strongly associated with sandy coasts and heathland habitats. In coastal dunes, the spider shows strong positive correlations with bare ground and the sparse vegetation that surrounds it (Bell & Haughton 1995). A. perita has been identified as a frontal dune specialist, but it has also been recorded outside this habitat on inland heaths, old ironstone workings, river banks and old sand and gravel pits. Within the loose substrate that is abundant at these types of habitat, the spider builds a well-concealed retreat burrow. The spider has been collected between February-November, with two activity peaks, one in spring and the other in autumn (Merrett 1968). However, it is thought that female spiders may over-winter as adults. Our data show a main peak from late spring to mid-summer and a smaller peak in the autumn.


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 636 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 873 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 79 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 575 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 517 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Arctosa perita

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Arctosa perita


Arctosa perita camoflagued
Arctosa perita camoflagued
Arctosa perita female
Arctosa perita female
Hunting the strandline
Hunting the strandline
At burrow entrance
At burrow entrance
Caught out
Caught out
Arctosa perita (Lycosidae)
Arctosa perita (Lycosidae)
Arctosa perita
Arctosa perita
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