Summary for Macrargus rufus (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 900m
The species is widespread in much of Britain, but absent or very scattered in some areas. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
M. rufus is primarily a spider of woodlands, where it may be abundant in the leaf litter, moss and grass under broad-leaved and coniferous trees, from ancient oak woodland to beech and larch plantations. Occasionally it is found in other habitats such as under heather and bracken (Crocker and Daws 1996). Adults of both sexes are mostly found in the autumn, through the winter and spring, females into early summer, occasionally persisting later.
Common. Its winter season may result in under-recording.
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