Summary for Microneta viaria (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Microneta viaria male palpal comb Copyright: Matt Prince
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Name: Microneta viaria
Authority: (Blackwall, 1841)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 7418
First Record: 1838
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 799
Pre-1992 hectads: 577
Total hectads: 1057

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in most of England, Wales and central Scotland, becoming scattered in northern England and absent from most of north-west Scotland. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The species is usually found in woodland litter and leaf litter under scrub and in hedgerows. It can also be found in grasslands, quarries, urban wasteland and gardens (Crocker & Daws 1996). Adults can be found throughout the year with peaks in spring, early summer and autumn.


Original author of profile: W.J. Partridge

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 3679 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 3231 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 243 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 2464 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 2870 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Microneta viaria male palpal comb
Microneta viaria male palpal comb
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