Summary for Kaestneria dorsalis (Araneae)

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Kaestneria dorsalis female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Kaestneria dorsalis
Authority: (Wider, 1834)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1395
First Record: 1890
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 265
Pre-1992 hectads: 236
Total hectads: 443

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 600m

Species text

The species is widespread but scattered in Britain as far north as central Scotland. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
K. dorsalis is a spider of scrub and open woodland, including gardens and churchyards. It is perhaps most frequently beaten off gorse, but also off hawthorn, oak, ash, willow, pine, yew and ornamental shrubs (Crocker & Daws 1996). It may be swept from grass and dog's-mercury in woodland rides, and is occasionally taken from woodland leaf litter. The species seems to have a short season with adults of both sexes recorded from April to July, with most activity in May and June. Sub-adult females may be found in the winter, along with the occasional adult female.

Somewhat local. It is possibly less common now than in the past (Smith 1982).

Original author of profile: J.M. Newton

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 595 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 591 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 64 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 263 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 332 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Kaestneria dorsalis male
Kaestneria dorsalis male
Kaestneria dorsalis female
Kaestneria dorsalis female
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