Summary for Cheiracanthium erraticum (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Cheiracanthium erraticum male Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Cheiracanthium erraticum
Authority: (Walckenaer, 1802)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Cheiracanthiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2028
First Record: 1861
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 419
Pre-1992 hectads: 218
Total hectads: 519

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Recorded altitude range
-4m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread south of the Wash, but is more scattered in the west and in the north as far as central Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The spider occurs on low plants in rough vegetation and heather. It is most easily found in early summer by looking for the retreat constructed from two or three leaves, or grass heads, stitched together to make a retreat which will hold the female and egg-sac. Later in the year, immature specimens, which already show the reddish median stripe on the abdomen, can be found in small silk cells on plant stems such as dried docks. Adult males are found mainly in late spring and early summer, females from late spring to the autumn.


Original author of profile: W.J. Partridge

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 647 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 704 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 61 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 464 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 551 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Cocoon of Cheiracanthium erraticum
Cocoon of Cheiracanthium erraticum
Cheiracanthium erraticum male
Cheiracanthium erraticum male
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