Summary for Cnephalocotes obscurus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Cnephalocotes obscurus Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Cnephalocotes obscurus
Authority: (Blackwall, 1834)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 3764
First Record: 1828
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 629
Pre-1992 hectads: 360
Total hectads: 835

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 823m

Species text

The species is widespread throughout much of Britain, but with an apparently patchy and scattered Distribution: in parts of the south and north. A Palaearctic species, widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
C. obscurus is generally recorded in detritus, moss and other vegetation. In Essex the species is typically found in old and tussocky grassland (P.R. Harvey, pers. comm.). In Leicestershire and Rutland, Crocker & Daws (1996) have recorded the species in a wide variety of habitats including acid, neutral and calcareous grassland, rocky moorland, broad-leaved woodland and disused quarries and gravel pits. Adults of both sexes have been recorded throughout the year, but with a peak in late spring and early summer through to the autumn.

Frequent locally.

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 2162 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1384 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 222 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1036 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1860 records with habitat detail and method information)

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