Summary for Meioneta rurestris


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Cryphoeca silvicola Orkney Copyright: Lee Johnson
Identification difficulty rating: 4
Identification difficulty rating: 4
Name: Agyneta rurestris
Authority: (C.L.Koch, 1836)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae

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The species is widespread in much of Britain, becoming scattered in the west and north. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
A central and northern European species abundant in disturbed sparsely vegetated habitats. M. rurestris is one of the commonest spiders living on British grasslands and cultivated land. It builds a small horizontal sheet web (c. 30 cm2) over depressions in the soil or against stones, normally over bare ground but also amongst vegetation (Thornhill 1983). This spider is known for its super-colonising ability of pioneer habitats (e.g. Meijer 1977). In a Swiss experiment, it was found that there are two main phases of aerial dispersal: the first from July to early September and, the second from mid-October to mid-November (Blandenier & F├╝rst 1998). Although adults have been taken throughout the year, combined data from Thornhill (1983) and Bell (1999) suggest that that the peak of activity is between May and August, indicating the main copulation phase. The diet consists of Collembola, Homoptera and Thysanoptera (Sunderland et al. 1986).


Original author of profile: J.R. Bell

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

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