Summary for Heliophanus flavipes (Araneae)

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Name: Heliophanus flavipes
Authority: (Hahn, 1832)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 3974
First Record: 1878
Latest Record: 2024

1992-on hectads: 569
Pre-1992 hectads: 240
Total hectads: 659

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Recorded altitude range
-3.8m to 810m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of the southern half of Britain and central eastern Scotland, but very scattered or absent in upland areas and much of the north.

Habitat and ecology
The habitat of this spider is very similar to that of H. cupreus. It may occur in the field and shrub layer and on lower branches of trees, where it can be collected by sweeping and beating respectively (J. Daws, pers. comm.). Like H. cupreus, in northern Britain the species seems to need sunny conditions (J. Newton, pers. comm.). Additionally, H. flavipes has been found in a Malaise trap, which indicates aerial dispersal (Crocker & Daws 1996). Adults of both sexes are found mainly in May, June and July, females occasionally persisting into September and on one occasion December.

Local. In north-western England 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 2292 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1431 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 148 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1165 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1373 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Heliophanus flavipes

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Heliophanus flavipes


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Male Heliophanus flavipes
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