Summary for Monocephalus fuscipes (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Monocephalus fuscipes female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Monocephalus fuscipes
Authority: (Blackwall, 1836)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 7864
First Record: 1835
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 883
Pre-1992 hectads: 743
Total hectads: 1276

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 900m

Species text

The species is widespread throughout much of Britain. It is widespread in north-western Europe, but has not been recorded from Scandinavia.

Habitat and ecology
M. fuscipes is often abundant in litter in its preferred habitat of broad-leaved and coniferous woodland, but it has also been recorded in other habitats including alder carr, rocky heathland, grassland and disused quarries. It has been found at up to 2000' (610 m) on mountains in Wales (Goodier 1970a 1970b) and up to 1500' (457 m) in Scotland (Merrett 1971). Adults are found throughout the year, with peaks in the spring and early summer, and in the autumn.


Original author of profile: D.R. Nellist

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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Adult Season Data (based on 3186 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 3679 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 172 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 2107 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 2752 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Monocephalus fuscipes male
Monocephalus fuscipes male
Monocephalus fuscipes female (light specimen)
Monocephalus fuscipes female (light specimen)
Monocephalus fuscipes female
Monocephalus fuscipes female
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