Summary for Gnathonarium dentatum (Araneae)

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Gnathonarium dentatum female Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Gnathonarium dentatum
Authority: (Wider, 1834)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 7314
First Record: 1872
Latest Record: 2024

1992-on hectads: 841
Pre-1992 hectads: 440
Total hectads: 1031

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 500m

Species text

Widespread throughout most of southern Britain becoming scattered in the north and apparently absent from most of northern Scotland. A species with a wide Palaearctic Distribution: (Platnick 1998), widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
G. dentatum is a wetland inhabitant frequently found at ground level amongst marsh plants. This species readily colonises disturbed wetland sites and may be found, often in high numbers, in flooded poolside grassland. This species has not been recorded from upland blanket bogs. In North Wales specimens have been recorded to an altitude of 250 m. Mature specimens of both sexes are present throughout the year. In Leicestershire peak numbers have been noted between April and June (Crocker & Daws 1996) and our data also show a peak between April and June, but with a second peak in the autumn.

Common in wet habitats.

Original author of profile: R.C. Gallon

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 4157 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1893 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 273 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1264 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 2271 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Gnathonarium dentatum

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Gnathonarium dentatum


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Gnathonarium dentatum female
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