Summary for Floronia bucculenta (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Floronia bucculenta female Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Floronia bucculenta
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 939
First Record: 1864
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 211
Pre-1992 hectads: 215
Total hectads: 370

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 589m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of England, but apparently scarce in the south-west, absent from central and eastern Wales and very scattered north of Yorkshire as far as Perthshire in Scotland. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
F. bucculenta occurs on bushes and low vegetation in damp places in a variety of habitats, including earthy banks, low vegetation in marshy areas, rough unmanaged grassland with scrub and tall herbaceous vegetation, open woodland with bracken and grass and tall heather. It has been observed that when females of this species are disturbed they drop to the ground and remain motionless. During this time the usual lightish colour of the abdomen changes to a much darker hue making the spider more difficult to spot. The former colour and patterning return after a few minutes (Bristowe 1958). Adults may be found in late summer and autumn.

A very local species, generally uncommon and infrequent, although it has been found commonly at sites in Surrey and Sussex.

Original author of profile: I.M. Howe

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 305 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 411 records with habitat information)

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

Structural Habitat Data (based on 141 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 196 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Floronia bucculenta

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Floronia bucculenta


Floronia bucculenta adult male portrait
Floronia bucculenta adult male portrait
Floronia bucculenta sub adult male
Floronia bucculenta sub adult male
Floronia bucculenta adult male
Floronia bucculenta adult male
Floronia bucculenta Gloucs
Floronia bucculenta Gloucs
Floronia in web
Floronia in web
Floronia bucculenta female
Floronia bucculenta female
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