Summary for Paidiscura pallens (Araneae)

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Paidiscura pallens female Copyright: Stephen Plant
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Name: Paidiscura pallens
Authority: (Blackwall, 1834)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 8993
First Record: 1837
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 1028
Pre-1992 hectads: 576
Total hectads: 1238

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in Britain becoming more scattered in upland areas and the north. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The webs of this spider are usually constructed on shrubs and the lower branches of both evergreen and broad-leaved trees in a wide variety of habitats. The distinctive white sputnik-shaped egg cocoon is one of the easiest ways to record the species presence. Though found on a variety of trees, oak definitely seems to be favoured and it can often be found under an oak leaf in summer, with or without female spider in attendance (I. Dawson, pers. comm.). It may also be found on herbaceous vegetation of all heights and in leaf litter. Both sexes are mature from late spring to mid-summer, but can also occasionally be found through the autumn and winter.


Original author of profile: P. Lee

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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Adult Season Data (based on 3584 records with adult season information)


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Paidiscura pallens Glouc
Paidiscura pallens Glouc
Paidiscura pallens female with egg sac under Oak leaf 2
Paidiscura pallens female with egg sac under Oak leaf 2
Paidiscura pallens female with egg sac under Oak leaf
Paidiscura pallens female with egg sac under Oak leaf
Paidiscura pallens
Paidiscura pallens
Paidiscura pallens egg sacs
Paidiscura pallens egg sacs
Paidiscura pallens female
Paidiscura pallens female
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