Summary for Euryopis flavomaculata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Euryopis flavomaculata
Authority: (C.L.Koch, 1836)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC
Watching Brief: Amber

Records: 673
First Record: 1852
Latest Record: 2021

1992-on hectads: 66
Pre-1992 hectads: 88
Total hectads: 129

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Recorded altitude range
2m to 430m

Species text

The spider is widespread but patchily distributed in Britain. It is widespread in northern and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Heathland and moorland, open woodland. This species does not produce a web but searches for ants that are then immobilised with strands of sticky silk before the spider begins feeding. It is found most often amongst moss in wet habitats and in damp hollows on heathland but has also been recorded from pitfall traps in open woodland. Both sexes are mature in summer with a peak in July.

The species is assumed to be under-recorded, especially on lowland heathland and in Yorkshire, as both are known to be poorly covered recently. Nevertheless, a watching brief should be kept on this species.

Loss of heathland to agriculture and urban development is a potential threat as is scrub development on heathland.

Management and conservation
protect heathland from urban and agricultural development. Manage heathland habitat to ensure scrub encroachment is controlled.

Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.).  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 137 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 299 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 21 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 95 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 179 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Euryopis flavomaculata

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Euryopis flavomaculata


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