Summary for Centromerus sylvaticus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Centromerus sylvaticus female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Centromerus sylvaticus
Authority: (Blackwall, 1841)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2892
First Record: 1837
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 345
Pre-1992 hectads: 371
Total hectads: 597

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 900m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of Britain, but very scattered in the west and some other areas. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
C. sylvaticus is generally regarded as preferring moss and grass in woodland. However it has been recorded from a wide variety of habitats including grassland, heathland, marsh, peat bog and waterside vegetation (Crocker & Daws 1996) and it may be frequent in rough grassland in Essex (P.R. Harvey, pers. comm.). Adult females have been recorded throughout the year but both sexes peak in the autumn and winter. Pitfall trapping in a mature chestnut coppice (Russell-Smith & Swann 1972) and on a site at Spurn Point periodically flooded by the sea (Sudd 1974) also showed the males to be winter active.


Original author of profile: D.R. Nellist

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 870 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1175 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 47 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 665 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 931 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Centromerus sylvaticus


Centromerus sylvaticus (female)
Centromerus sylvaticus (female)
Centromerus sylvaticus female
Centromerus sylvaticus female
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