Summary for Baryphyma pratense (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Baryphyma pratense
Authority: (Blackwall, 1861)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 532
First Record: 1860
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 129
Pre-1992 hectads: 100
Total hectads: 202

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Recorded altitude range
2m to 556m

Species text

The species is widespread in central England as far north as Yorkshire, but apparently absent from large areas elsewhere in the country and very scattered as far north as Angus. A European species widespread in western and central Europe as far north as Sweden (where it is included in their Red List (Gardenfors 2000)), but not recorded from Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
B. pratense is most typical of the flood plains of lowland rivers as a riparian species (Crocker & Daws 1996) but is also found in fens, ditches and marshes not clearly associated with main river systems. It is found near the base of reeds, sedges, rushes and tussocky grasses in flood meadows and in sedge marshes, wet meadows and rough grassland as well as in flood debris and on riverbanks and vegetated shingle. It has been found on riverside fences and bridges, probably through aerial dispersal. Adults have been recorded from February to September, with a male peak in late spring and early summer.

Local in England, although it may be fairly frequent at some sites. Rare in Scotland and Wales.

Original author of profile: J.M. Newton

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

 Account last edited by System Administrator at 07:16 on Wed 5th Jan 2022.

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Adult Season Data (based on 196 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 200 records with habitat information)

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

Structural Habitat Data (based on 63 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 92 records with habitat detail and method information)

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