Summary for Ballus chalybeius (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Ballus chalybeius female Copyright: Peter Harvey
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Name: Ballus chalybeius
Authority: (Walckenaer, 1802)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 884
First Record: 1899
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 148
Pre-1992 hectads: 43
Total hectads: 158

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 250m

Species text

The species is widespread in south-eastern England, but otherwise has a scattered distribution across southern England and Wales, being recorded as far north as Leicestershire and North Wales, with old records for Durham. It is widespread in western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
Woodland and scrub. B. chalybeius favours a woodland habitat where it spins a retreat on the upper surface of leaves of bushes and young trees, particularly oak. Adults are found mainly from late spring to mid-summer.

Recorded from 73 hectads since 1992, showing a clear increase in records in recent years.

There is a general threat to spiders of broad-leaved woodland from loss of habitat due to urban and agricultural development.

Management and conservation
Protect woodland sites from destruction.

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 445 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 241 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 35 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 337 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 340 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Jumping Spider Ballus chalybeius 20140609
Jumping Spider Ballus chalybeius 20140609
Ballus chalybeius male 2
Ballus chalybeius male 2
Ballus chalybeius male
Ballus chalybeius male
Ballus chalybeius female
Ballus chalybeius female
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