Summary for Nesticus cellulanus (Araneae)

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Nesticus cellulanus female with egg sac in wet drain Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Nesticus cellulanus
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Nesticidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 828
First Record: 1800
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 231
Pre-1992 hectads: 133
Total hectads: 328

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Recorded altitude range
3m to 500m

Species text

This species is widespread throughout much of Britain. It is widespread in western Europe. Globally the spider has a Holarctic Distribution: (Platnick 1998).

Habitat and ecology
N. cellulanus creates a small tangle-web in permanently dark, damp habitats. These habitats include mines, caves, cellars, culverts, sewers, hollow trees, amongst boulders and in thick marshland vegetation. This spider does not frequent dry subterranean habitats. Specimens can also be found beneath corrugated iron sheets (Crocker & Daws 1996). Mature specimens of both sexes have been recorded between March and November, and females throughout the year. Single, spherical, translucent-yellowish egg-sacs are carried by the female, attached to her spinnerets, between June and August (Bristowe 1958).

Local, but probably under-recorded due to its specialist habitat.

Original author of profile: R.C. Gallon

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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Nesticus cellulanus female with egg sac
Nesticus cellulanus female with egg sac
Nesticus cellulanus female with egg sac in wet drain
Nesticus cellulanus female with egg sac in wet drain
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