Summary for Enoplognatha thoracica (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 900m
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