Summary for Oonops pulcher (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 488m
The spider is widely distributed throughout Britain. It is widespread in Europe but not recorded from most of Scandinavia.
Habitat and ecology
This small, pale, pink spider can be found in dry litter, grass tussocks and birds' nests, under stones and tree bark, where it is sometimes in the webs of Amaurobius fenestralis. It is also occasionally found in sheds and other buildings. A six-eyed, free-living, hunting spider, it spends the day in a silken cell, emerging at night to feed. As with O. domesticus the pink eggs are laid in batches of two. Both sexes have been found throughout the year, but there seem to be peaks in the spring/early summer and late summer/autumn.
Local, but the species can be quite numerous where it occurs.
Original author of profile: R. Ruffell
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