Summary for Episinus angulatus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Episinus angulatus 1 Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Episinus angulatus
Authority: (Blackwall, 1836)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2172
First Record: 1835
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 450
Pre-1992 hectads: 205
Total hectads: 534

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The spider is widespread in southern Britain, but becomes very locally distributed in the north. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This species produces a very simple, often H-shaped web, usually close to ground level. It is found in a wide variety of habitats from coastal shingle to mature woodland, but especially in marshes and tall grassland in damp situations. The spider sits on its web and uses its legs to tension the silk strands attached to the ground (or other substrate). Crawling insects are caught on this viscid, tensioned silk. Both sexes are mature in early to mid-summer with a peak in May and June, females persisting occasionally until September.

Generally an uncommon species, but it may be numerous in suitable habitat.

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 848 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 674 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 84 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 502 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 688 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Episinus angulatus F
Episinus angulatus F
Adult male Episinus angulatus
Adult male Episinus angulatus
Episinus angulatus 2
Episinus angulatus 2
Episinus angulatus 1
Episinus angulatus 1
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