Summary for Diplocephalus picinus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Name: Diplocephalus picinus
Authority: (Blackwall, 1841)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 3565
First Record: 1838
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 549
Pre-1992 hectads: 410
Total hectads: 790

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 900m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of Britain, but very scattered or absent from some areas. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
A spider associated with woodlands and scrub. A characteristic woodland litter species, but recorded from some other habitats where it can be found close to the ground in a sheet-web. Adults have been recorded throughout the year with males active in May and June and females active during the main phase of egg-laying between June and August (Toft 1978). There is a peak in recorded adults of both sexes in May, June and July. Over-wintering is in the immature phase, and some may spend a second winter in this state (Toft 1978).


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 1592 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1588 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 86 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1051 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1205 records with habitat detail and method information)

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