Summary for Diplocephalus cristatus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Diplocephalus cristatus male Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Diplocephalus cristatus
Authority: (Blackwall, 1833)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1650
First Record: 1864
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 307
Pre-1992 hectads: 366
Total hectads: 581

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 918m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of Britain. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
A sheet-web spinner, characteristic of calcareous grassland habitats but also occurring in other habitat types. Adults have been recorded throughout the year with males particularly active in spring and early summer. Our data suggest peaks in recorded adults in spring, early summer and autumn.

(Blackwall, 1833) status Common.

Original author of profile: J.R. Bell

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 504 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 653 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 28 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 277 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 315 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Diplocephalus cristatus

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Diplocephalus cristatus


Diplocephalus cristatus female
Diplocephalus cristatus female
Diplocephalus cristatus male
Diplocephalus cristatus male
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