Summary for Philodromus dispar (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Philodromus dispar Copyright: Stephen Plant
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Philodromus dispar
Authority: Walckenaer, 1826
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Philodromidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 4044
First Record: 1861
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 595
Pre-1992 hectads: 302
Total hectads: 694

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of the southern half of Britain, but not recorded north of Westmorland. 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, scrub, gardens and it sometimes comes into houses. It can be swept from woodland herbage and the lower branches of trees and bushes. The spider appears to over-winter in litter, especially in leaf litter and the litter which accumulates at the bottom of hedgerows, in tree boles and at the base of branches. Adults of both sexes are found mainly in early summer, females occasionally persisting into the autumn and winter. Single males have been recorded inside telephone boxes in December and February (Crocker & Daws Leicestershire data; J. Crocker, pers. comm.).

Common in the south.

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 1657 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1267 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 147 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 633 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 833 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Philodromus dispar

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Philodromus dispar


Philodromus dispar in sink
Philodromus dispar in sink
P Dispar in bathroom sink
P Dispar in bathroom sink
Philodromus dispar female Gloucs
Philodromus dispar female Gloucs
Philodromus dispar male Gloucs
Philodromus dispar male Gloucs
Philodromus dispar
Philodromus dispar
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