Summary for Argenna subnigra (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Name: Argenna subnigra
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1861)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Dictynidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1086
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 150
Pre-1992 hectads: 52
Total hectads: 175

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 200m

Species text

The species is widely scattered in England and Wales from Yorkshire southwards, but only widespread in the south-east. It is most frequent near the coast. It is widely distributed in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Open grassland, waste ground. The spider occurs under stones and at the base of vegetation, usually in open sparsely vegetated areas of grasslands, dunes, old quarries and waste ground. It is sometimes found on bushes. Adults are found mainly in May and June but females have occurred into July and August, or even November.

Recorded from 53 hectads since 1992, showing no decline.

Given the wide range of habitats the species occurs in, it is difficult to know what specific threats this species faces.

Management and conservation
No recommendations at present.

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 789 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 327 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 17 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 579 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 612 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Argenna subnigra

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Argenna subnigra


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