Summary for Pardosa prativaga (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Pardosa prativaga female 2 Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Pardosa prativaga
Authority: (L.Koch, 1870)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 8814
First Record: 1890
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 681
Pre-1992 hectads: 422
Total hectads: 806

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 610m

Species text

The species is widespread in the southern half of Britain, with very scattered records further north. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
P. prativaga occurs on open ground and herbage in various open habitats including grasslands, waste ground, fields, heathland, woodland clearings, dunes, old quarries and roadside verges as well as in wet places such as dyke edges, fens, marshes and bogs. At Braunton Burrows in Devon, the species has been recorded across the dune system from the seaward mobile dunes, through the dune slacks to the landward heathy area with bracken (Merrett 1967b). The genitalia are quite distinct from Pardosa pullata, yet inter-specific copulations have been observed and fertile eggs sometimes result. This has only been seen with specimens in captivity, but it has been suggested that if this also happened in nature it could explain the fact that specimens are sometimes captured with the sexual organs of one but with the colouration approaching that of the other (Locket & Millidge 1951). The spider is adult mainly in early to mid-summer.

The spider may be abundant locally, but is scarce in northern Britain.

Original 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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Adult Season Data (based on 4339 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 3295 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 317 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 2630 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 2749 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Pardosa prativaga Gloucs 2
Pardosa prativaga Gloucs 2
Pardosa prativaga Gloucs 1
Pardosa prativaga Gloucs 1
P. prativaga female
P. prativaga female
P prativaga
P prativaga
Pardosa prativaga female 2
Pardosa prativaga female 2
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