Summary for Pardosa palustris (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Pardosa palustris female (leg missing) Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Pardosa palustris
Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 6461
First Record: 1887
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 724
Pre-1992 hectads: 440
Total hectads: 984

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Recorded altitude range
-4m to 955m

Species text

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

Habitat and ecology
P. palustris occurs on open sparsely vegetated and bare ground, in habitats including heathland, moorland, grasslands, flood meadows, arable land and waste ground. The species is noted as a successful aeronaut in Crocker & Daws (1996) and its preference for bare ground and success as an aeronaut may explain its colonisation of arable land and various other disturbed sites. Both sexes are adult in summer, occasionally into the autumn.


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 3035 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 2729 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 186 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 2273 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 2300 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Pardosa palustris

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Pardosa palustris


P palustris female with egg sac
P palustris female with egg sac
Pardosa palustris female (leg missing)
Pardosa palustris female (leg missing)
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