Summary for Philodromus aureolus (Araneae)

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Philodromus aureolus male Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Philodromus aureolus
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Philodromidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 4642
First Record: 1820
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 716
Pre-1992 hectads: 416
Total hectads: 904

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in most of Britain, apparently more scattered in the west and north. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The species is found in a variety of wooded habitats including broad-leaved, mixed and coniferised woods, thickets, hedgerows and scrub. It also not infrequently enters houses. It is usually beaten from bushes and the lower branches of trees but may also be swept from adjacent herbage. Although sometimes found on old trees, the spider is more often collected from younger trees, both broad-leaved and coniferous. The spider probably over-winters in the leaf litter that accumulates in various woodland situations. Adults of both sexes occur mainly in early to mid-summer.

Common. The difficult taxonomy and the complexity of the aureolus group in Europe mean that new species may remain undetected. Voucher specimens of all species in the aureolus group are essential (P. aureolus, P. buxi, P. cespitum, P. collinus, P. longipalpis and P. praedatus). 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 2248 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1777 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 267 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1023 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1218 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Philodromus aureolus male
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