Summary for Gonatium rubens (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Gonatium rubens female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Gonatium rubens
Authority: (Blackwall, 1833)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 7434
First Record: 1858
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 905
Pre-1992 hectads: 780
Total hectads: 1305

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 942m

Species text

The species is widespread throughout most of Britain. The species is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
G. rubens inhabits a wide variety of open habitats throughout Britain. On moorlands and mountains it occurs beneath Calluna vulgaris and grass tussocks. This spider has also been recorded amongst sphagnum in upland blanket bogs. In the lowlands, gorse bushes are frequented by this spider, particularly on heathlands. It has been recorded from woodlands, but only beneath open canopies. Adults have been recorded throughout the year, with a peak of both sexes in the late summer and autumn. Our data show another peak of females recorded in April and May.


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 3084 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 2998 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 183 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 2022 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 2944 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Gonatium rubens

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Gonatium rubens


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Gonatium rubens female
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