Summary for Macrargus rufus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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

Records: 2994
First Record: 1834
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 353
Pre-1992 hectads: 377
Total hectads: 607

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 900m

Species text

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

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 1087 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1340 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 54 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 754 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 995 records with habitat detail and method information)

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