Summary for Bathyphantes parvulus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Bathyphantes parvulus female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Bathyphantes parvulus
Authority: (Westring, 1851)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 3255
First Record: 1896
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 522
Pre-1992 hectads: 486
Total hectads: 860

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 950m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of Britain but scattered or absent in parts of the south and much of Scotland. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe, as far north as southern Norway.

Habitat and ecology
B. parvulus is perhaps predominantly a grassland spider occurring in acid grassland and grass heath, chalk grassland and meadows, but also marshes and fens. A very similar spider to B. gracilis, the two species are often found in the same place. They may be similar in colouration and variability and although the female epigyne is distinct the determination of the male is difficult and depends on the position of hairs on its paracymbium. Adults occur mainly in the summer, occasionally persisting later.

Much less common than B. gracilis.

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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Adult Season Data (based on 1063 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1356 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 59 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 625 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 833 records with habitat detail and method information)

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