Summary for Enoplognatha thoracica (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Enoplognatha thoracica Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Enoplognatha thoracica
Authority: (Hahn, 1833)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2581
First Record: 1889
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 408
Pre-1992 hectads: 210
Total hectads: 509

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 900m

Species text

The species is widespread in southern Britain, but scattered or absent further north. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This spider is usually found at ground level under stones and other debris and in leaf litter. It may be encountered in a wide variety of habitats including saltmarsh, sand dunes, heathland and woodland from sea level to mountain tops. Both sexes are mature from early to mid-summer with females occasionally surviving into the autumn. Females, easily mistaken for larger linyphiid spiders, are frequently found guarding their whitish egg-sacs underneath stones.

Locally common but becoming scarce in the north.

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 1230 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 867 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 45 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 829 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 941 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Enoplognatha thoracica male
Enoplognatha thoracica male
Enoplognatha thoracica
Enoplognatha thoracica
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