Summary for Dicymbium nigrum (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Dicymbium nigrum
Authority: (Blackwall, 1834)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 3123
First Record: 1833
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 613
Pre-1992 hectads: 417
Total hectads: 896

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About this species

Recorded altitude range
0m to 1060m

Species text

The spider is widespread throughout Britain, but it is not usually found with D. brevisetosum. It is a Palaearctic species, widespread in Europe. The distribution map shows all records of D. nigrum, including any records based on females, which are indistinguishable from D. brevisetosum.

Habitat and ecology
D. nigrum is a common aeronaut which has been found in a wide variety of habitats including sphagnum bogs, grassland, damp woodland, heathland, marshes, wastelands and detritus. Some records are from moles' nests. It has been recorded at 2000' (610 m) on mountains in northern Scotland (Cooke 1968b). Adults have been recorded throughout the year with peaks in early summer and autumn.

A common species, more so in the south.

Original author of profile: I.M. Howe

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 1152 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1430 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 89 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 638 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 837 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Dicymbium nigrum

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Dicymbium nigrum


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