Summary for Lathys humilis (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Lathys humilis male Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Lathys humilis
Authority: (Blackwall, 1855)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Dictynidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2476
First Record: 1890
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 468
Pre-1992 hectads: 157
Total hectads: 530

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widely distributed in the southern half of Britain, but with very few records from Scotland or the west. A Palaearctic species widespread in western and central Europe but not recorded from Ireland, Norway and Finland.

Habitat and ecology
The spider occurs on bushes and trees in woodland and scrub, and can be beaten off oak, holly, yew, pines, gorse, etc. It may also be fairly common on ornamental evergreens and privet hedges in parks and gardens (J. Daws, pers. comm.). Juveniles over-winter in leaf litter, brushwood, under bark and other similar situations. Adults occur mainly in May and June, with females persisting into July or even September.

Local, and commoner in the south.

Original author of profile: P.R. Harvey

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 1142 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 746 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 141 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 599 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 655 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Lathys humilis


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