Summary for Ero cambridgei (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Ero cambridgei female dorsal view Copyright: Peter Harvey
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Name: Ero cambridgei
Authority: Kulczynski, 1911
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Mimetidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 3154
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 627
Pre-1992 hectads: 412
Total hectads: 838

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in southern Britain, becoming much more restricted and scattered in the north. It is much less widespread than E. furcata on the continent (P. Merrett, pers. comm.).

Habitat and ecology
This pirate spider is found on trees, bushes, low vegetation and in leaf litter in a variety of habitats. It searches out the webs of other spiders, and plucks the threads to entice out the occupant. Powerful venom rapidly paralyses the unfortunate web spinner and the pirate spider then sucks dry its prey through an incision in a leg. This species may be collected with specimens of E. furcata. Adults have been collected throughout the year, with peaks in the autumn and in spring and early summer.

Generally common in southern Britain.

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

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Ero cambridgei female
Ero cambridgei female
Ero cambridgei female dorsal view
Ero cambridgei female dorsal view
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