Summary for Gonatium rubellum (Araneae)

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Gonatium rubellum adult female Copyright: Esmond Brown
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Name: Gonatium rubellum
Authority: (Blackwall, 1841)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1916
First Record: 1858
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 285
Pre-1992 hectads: 304
Total hectads: 517

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 900m

Species text

The species is widespread throughout much of Britain. A Palaearctic species widespread in north-western and central Europe, common from the north of Finland to the Balkans (Millidge 1981).

Habitat and ecology
G. rubellum may be found in moss, leaf litter, detritus, short herbaceous vegetation and on bushes in wooded areas, sometimes accompanied by G. rubens. In Leicestershire all records are from broad-leaved and mixed woodland (Crocker & Daws 1996) and in Essex G. rubellum is associated with old or ancient woodlands whereas G. rubens occurs in a wide variety of habitats (P.R. Harvey, pers. comm.). Adults have been recorded at most times of year but the peak of activity is in August and early autumn (Millidge 1981).

The spider is much more local than G. rubens, but frequent in suitable habitat.

Original author of profile: D.R. Nellist

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 671 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1002 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 43 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 453 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 674 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Gonatium rubellum adult female
Gonatium rubellum adult female
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