Summary for Obscuriphantes obscurus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Possible Lepthyphantes species Copyright: Joy Ellingford
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Name: Obscuriphantes obscurus
Authority: (Blackwall, 1841)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2221
First Record: 1836
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 434
Pre-1992 hectads: 420
Total hectads: 751

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 850m

Species text

The species is widespread in most of Britain. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This species is principally a woodland species and can probably most easily be found by beating conifers at the right time of year. However, it can be found in a range of other habitats including broad-leaved woods, scrub and hedgerows, on shrubs, heather or other low vegetation and in leaf litter. Adults are found from early to mid-summer with a peak in July, females occasionally persisting into the autumn.

Common, but the spider may be rather locally distributed.

Original author of profile: M. Askins

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 747 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 997 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 48 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 352 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 469 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Obscuriphantes obscurus female
Obscuriphantes obscurus female
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