Summary for Pardosa nigriceps (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Pardosa nigriceps male Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Pardosa nigriceps
Authority: (Thorell, 1856)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 9755
First Record: 1872
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 948
Pre-1992 hectads: 652
Total hectads: 1233

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 875m

Species text

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

Habitat and ecology
P. nigriceps is found on the ground, on low vegetation and bushes in a variety of habitats such as grasslands, sea walls, dyke edges, dunes, heathland, moorlands, blanket bog, mires, woodland clearings, old quarries and roadside verges. It tends to live higher in the vegetation than other Pardosa species. The spider is adult in spring and early summer, females persisting later.


Original author of profile: P.R. Harvey

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 3821 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 3835 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 272 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 2727 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 3427 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Pardosa nigriceps male Glouc 2
Pardosa nigriceps male Glouc 2
Pardosa nigriceps male Glouc 1
Pardosa nigriceps male Glouc 1
Female basking
Female basking
Pardosa nigriceps male
Pardosa nigriceps male
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