Summary for Asagena phalerata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Asagena phalerata in dunes Copyright: Gillian Street
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Name: Asagena phalerata
Authority: (Panzer, 1801)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1254
First Record: 1864
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 220
Pre-1992 hectads: 101
Total hectads: 285

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread but locally distributed throughout Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This spider is usually found at ground level or in low vegetation in dry grassland, heathland and on sand dunes. It is ant-like in appearance and is usually found with ants, sometimes even in their nests. It does not build a web but actively hunts ants, which it captures with little or no use of silk to immobilise them. Adult males have been recorded in the summer between May and September, females until October.

Generally uncommon throughout its range.

Original author of profile: P. Lee

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 713 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 391 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 28 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 587 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 666 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Asagena phalerata female
Asagena phalerata female
Asagena phalerata
Asagena phalerata
Asagena phalerata in dunes
Asagena phalerata in dunes
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