Summary for Lepthyphantes mengei
About this speciesRecorded altitude range
The species is widespread in most of Britain. L. mengei is a Palaearctic species widespread in north-western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
L. mengei is found in undergrowth, grass and moss, on dry heath, moorland and in woodland, and has also been recorded at altitudes up to 3000' (914 m) in Scotland (Cooke 1967; Cooke 1968; Merrett 1971) and, interestingly, at over 6000' (1900 m) in mixed forest in the Pyrenees (Bosmans et al. 1986). In Essex the species is mainly restricted to relict heathland, heathy woodland and old grassland habitats (P.R. Harvey, pers. comm.). It is adult at all seasons of the year, but mainly in the summer.
Not uncommon in suitable habitat.
Original author of profile: D.R. Nellist
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