Summary for Hahnia helveola (Araneae)

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Hahnia helveola1 Copyright: AJ Cann
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Name: Hahnia helveola
Authority: Simon, 1875
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Hahniidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 981
First Record: 1893
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 132
Pre-1992 hectads: 165
Total hectads: 248

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 900m

Species text

The species is widespread in south-eastern England, but scattered and locally distributed elsewhere in Britain. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This spider spins sheet webs in leaf litter (including pine needles), detritus, moss and low vegetation. It is usually found in woodland but has been recorded from acidic grassland, moorland, heathland, wetlands and coastal sites. Crocker and Daws (1996) recorded adult females from January to October in Leicestershire. Adult females can be found throughout the year, mainly in autumn and spring/early summer, but males are mature from late summer through the winter until spring.

The spider is not as frequent as H. montana and H. nava but may be common where it does occur.

Original author of profile: P. Lee

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

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Adult Season Data (based on 382 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 403 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 11 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 218 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 294 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Hahnia helveola female
Hahnia helveola female
Hahnia helveola palp
Hahnia helveola palp
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