Summary for Mangora acalypha (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Mangora acalypha Copyright: Nik Nimbus
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Mangora acalypha
Authority: (Walckenaer, 1802)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2765
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 309
Pre-1992 hectads: 80
Total hectads: 329

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species has a widespread but patchy distribution in southern England and south Wales. It is widespread in western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Finland.

Habitat and ecology
The spider occurs on heathland and in open woodland. It can usually be found in the centre of its small but densely woven orb web, which is constructed on low vegetation such as heather and gorse. The few sites in Worcestershire where it is found suggest that it prefers drier places. It is mature early in the season, adults occurring mainly from May to June.

The spider may be numerous in parts of the south of England but seemingly inexplicably rare in other areas.

Fragmentation of landscape areas supporting populations through agricultural intensification and loss of suitable semi natural habitat is the most likely threat.

Management and conservation
Maintain open woodland and heathland through rotational management that provides a continuity of vegetation suitable for web building.

Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.).  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 908 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 604 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 67 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 534 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 969 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Mangora acalypha

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Mangora acalypha


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Mangora acalypha on Lavender
Mangora acalypha on Lavender
Mangora acalypha in Tollesbury
Mangora acalypha in Tollesbury
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Mangora acalypha 4
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Mangora acalypha 3
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Mangora acalypha 2
Mangora acalypha
Mangora acalypha
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