Summary for Centromerus prudens (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 1214m
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