Summary for Peponocranium ludicrum (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Peponocranium ludicrum male Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Peponocranium ludicrum
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1861)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 3598
First Record: 1875
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 539
Pre-1992 hectads: 369
Total hectads: 750

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 890m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of Britain, but scarce or absent from some areas. It is widespread in north-western Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This species is usually found on unimproved grassland and mature heathland. It can be found on tall grass, heather and gorse, but may also occur abundantly in sparsely vegetated sandy habitats. In West Lancashire it is most frequent at middle altitudes (100 - 250 m) but has been found at 400 m (J. Newton, pers. comm.). P. ludicrum builds a small sheet-web amongst vegetation, normally close to the ground. Adult males are active between April and July with a defined peak in May (Merrett 1969), but maybe later further north. Our data show a peak in recorded adults between April and July, females later than males.

Locally frequent in suitable habitats.

Original author of profile: J.R. Bell

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 1791 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1319 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 95 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 994 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1554 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Peponocranium ludicrum female
Peponocranium ludicrum female
Peponocranium ludicrum male
Peponocranium ludicrum male
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