Summary for Centromerus prudens (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Centromerus prudens female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Centromerus prudens
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1873)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1139
First Record: 1895
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 161
Pre-1992 hectads: 230
Total hectads: 338

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 1214m

Species text

The species is widely distributed in Britain, but very scattered or absent in some areas. It is widespread in western Europe.

Habitat and ecology
C. prudens can be found in a variety of typically dry habitats. These habitats include sand dunes, rocky grassland and heathery areas (Crocker & Daws 1996; Locket & Millidge 1953). Specimens have also been found at cave entrances and beneath felsenmeer rocks on mountain summits. In Essex the species is almost confined to three areas of unimproved sandy grassland in the south of the county (P.R. Harvey, pers. comm.). Adults females have been recorded throughout the year, males in the autumn and early winter through to late spring.

Common in northern counties, but infrequent and local in the south.

Original author of profile: R.C. Gallon

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 391 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 435 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 7 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 283 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 320 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Centromerus prudens female
Centromerus prudens female
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