Summary for Philodromus cespitum (Araneae)

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Female Philodromus cespitum Copyright: Nik Nimbus
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Name: Philodromus cespitum
Authority: (Walckenaer, 1802)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Philodromidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 5793
First Record: 1858
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 757
Pre-1992 hectads: 410
Total hectads: 915

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Recorded altitude range
-4m to 673m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of the southern half of Britain in lowland areas, but records are scattered in the north. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The species is found in heathland and heathery bogs, hedgerows, scrub and wooded habitats. It is more often associated with scrub and herbage than P. aureolus but is sometimes found on trees and also occasionally enters houses. A very distinct variety occurs where the dorsal abdominal cardiac mark and chevrons are replaced by a pale yellow dorsum. Adults of both sexes are found mainly in early to mid-summer, females occasionally persisting into the autumn, although one male has been recorded in October (Croker & Daws 1996) on ivy on the rear wall of a house.

Common. Taxonomic confusion besets this group and the species was formerly considered as a variety of aureolus (var. cespiticolis) in Locket and Millidge (1951) but recognised as a separate species by Locket et al. (1974) and subsequent publications.

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

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Adult Season Data (based on 2906 records with adult season information)


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Structural Habitat Data (based on 1433 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1622 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Female Philodromus cespitum III
Female Philodromus cespitum III
Female Philodromus cespitum II
Female Philodromus cespitum II
Female Philodromus cespitum
Female Philodromus cespitum
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