Summary for Pholcomma gibbum (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Pholcomma gibbum male Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Pholcomma gibbum
Authority: (Westring, 1851)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 3235
First Record: 1878
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 547
Pre-1992 hectads: 425
Total hectads: 820

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 508m

Species text

The spider is widespread throughout much of Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This species may be mistaken for a linyphiid spider due to its small size and dark colouration. However, the arrangement of its eyes is very characteristic. It is usually found at ground level amongst moss and detritus in a variety of habitats. It produces a typical theridiid scaffold web, about 20 mm in diameter. Sticky lines are attached to the ground for capturing crawling insects. Both sexes have been found throughout the year, with peaks in the spring and autumn/early winter.

Generally a common species, which may be locally frequent.

Original author of profile: P. Lee

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 1596 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1190 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 81 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 896 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1354 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Pholcomma gibbum male on a leaf.
Pholcomma gibbum male on a leaf.
Pholcomma gibbum male
Pholcomma gibbum male
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