Summary for Crustulina guttata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Crustulina guttata adult female Copyright: Esmond
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Name: Crustulina guttata
Authority: (Wider, 1834)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1188
First Record: 1882
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 165
Pre-1992 hectads: 110
Total hectads: 222

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The spider is widespread but locally distributed in much of southern and eastern Britain, but becomes very scattered and absent in the west and north. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Small, insignificant webs are spun close to ground level amongst low vegetation, grass tussocks and detritus by this spider. It is also found in both coniferous and broad-leaved leaf litter and is most often encountered on dry, sandy soils. Adults have been found throughout the year, with peaks in the early summer and autumn.

The species may be locally common in southern England but is generally scarce.

Original author of profile: P. Lee

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 568 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 393 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 52 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 251 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 525 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Crustulina guttata subadult male
Crustulina guttata subadult male
Crustulina guttata adult female
Crustulina guttata adult female
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