Summary for Pardosa monticola (Araneae)

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Pardosa monticola
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2904
First Record: 1858
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 315
Pre-1992 hectads: 248
Total hectads: 465

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 732m

Species text

The species is widespread but locally distributed as far north as central Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Pardosa monticola usually occurs in open short vegetation in grasslands, meadows, open heaths and dunes, especially where the habitat is old and unimproved. It may be abundant on chalk grassland and stabilised dunes. In Wiltshire, it is almost exclusively found on the short turf of chalk downland (Askins 1997). Adults occur mainly from early to mid-summer, females later.

The spider is usually numerous where present, but local or rare in much of the modern agricultural countryside. Crocker & Daws (1996), Wright (1997) and Harvey (1997) note its rarity in Leicestershire (a single site), Warwickshire (two sites) and Essex (a few localities) respectively.

Original author of profile: P.R. Harvey

Text derived from 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 1711 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1087 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 78 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1278 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1340 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Pardosa monticola female
Pardosa monticola female
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