Summary for Ostearius melanopygius (Araneae)

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Ostearius melanopygius Copyright: Robin Rigby
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Ostearius melanopygius
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1879)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1079
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 297
Pre-1992 hectads: 161
Total hectads: 404

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 1060m

Species text

Ostearius melanopygius (O. P.-Cambridge, 1879) Status: The spider's association with rubbish-tips and refuse, and the knowledge that it occurred in Madeira and the Azores, led Bristowe (1939) to suggest that it had been imported from the Atlantic islands. Importation from New Zealand has also been suggested (Locket & Millidge 1953), but it is more likely to have been exported from Britain to New Zealand (P. Merrett, pers. comm.). Adults are found from spring through to autumn. Distribution: The species is widespread in much of England, but very scattered elsewhere. It is cosmopolitan and widespread in Europe as far north as Sweden in Scandinavia. Habitat and ecology: O. melanopygius occurs in a very wide range of habitats, particularly rubbish heaps and gardens, and occasionally occurring indoors. It is a frequent aeronaut. Adults of both sexes are found throughout the year, with most recorded in summer and autumn or early winter. 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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