Summary for Bathyphantes gracilis (Araneae)

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Bathyphantes gracilis female Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Bathyphantes gracilis
Authority: (Blackwall, 1841)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 21605
First Record: 1800
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 1562
Pre-1992 hectads: 947
Total hectads: 1840

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 1131m

Species text

The species is widespread throughout most of Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This ubiquitous spider is common in grassland and undergrowth of all kinds, including heathland, woodlands and marshy habitats. The carapace is brown and the abdomen features black bars on a grey background although this coloration is variable and some specimens are wholly grey or black. It is a common aeronaut. Adults can be found at all times of the year, but mostly in the summer and autumn.


Original author of profile: D. Marriott

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

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