Summary for Neon reticulatus (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 790m
The species is scattered and widespread throughout most of Britain. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
There are two distinct habitats for this species; either in leaf-litter (often quite dry) in woodland, or within moss in open, damp, boggy habitats. It has also been recorded in bracken litter, on and under stones in grassland and on the beach. It ascends to 350 m in mid-west Yorkshire (J. Newton, pers. comm.). Its small size may make it difficult to see, especially in the woodland situations, but the patterning is visible if the light is good enough. Adult females have been found throughout the year, and adult males from April to October, but the peak is spring to mid-summer.
Local, but the spider may be abundant where found.
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