Summary for Heliophanus cupreus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Heliophanus cupreus 1 Copyright: Stephen Plant
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Name: Heliophanus cupreus
Authority: (Walckenaer, 1802)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2296
First Record: 1861
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 343
Pre-1992 hectads: 179
Total hectads: 423

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widely distributed as far north as central Scotland but it is absent or very scattered in many parts of the country. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
A species collected from a wide variety of habitats including woodlands, grasslands, raised bogs, coastal cliffs, shingle beaches and wastelands and other disturbed habitats such as quarries. In these varied habitats, it is commonly found in the drier parts, occasionally seen active on the surface but more commonly within litter. In northern Britain the species seems to need sunny conditions (J. Newton, pers. comm.). During a resting period, this spider may be found in a silken cell placed under stones or in litter. Adults of both sexes are found mainly in May, June and July, females persisting occasionally into the autumn.

Local. In northern Britain it is more common along the coast (J. Newton, pers. comm.).

Original author of profile: J.R. Bell

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 1376 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 736 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 48 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 698 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 795 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Heliophanus cupreus

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Heliophanus cupreus


Heliophanus cf cupreus
Heliophanus cf cupreus
Heliophanus cupreus male
Heliophanus cupreus male
Heliophanus cupreus 2
Heliophanus cupreus 2
Heliophanus cupreus 1
Heliophanus cupreus 1
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