Summary for Phrurolithus festivus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Phrurolithus festivus Copyright: Esmond Brown
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Phrurolithus festivus
Authority: (C.L.Koch, 1835)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Phrurolithidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 3728
First Record: 1853
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 428
Pre-1992 hectads: 181
Total hectads: 492

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in southern Britain, but very scattered in the west and as far north as central Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This is a species that is often seen rapidly running in open spaces under sunny conditions. It can be found under stones in quarries and by water-filled pits, in leaf litter, in grasslands and gardens, and in a range of similar situations, often near ants, in both dry and damp conditions. Adult males are found mainly from late spring to mid-summer, females through the summer, persisting until the autumn.

The spider is fairly common in the south.

Original author of profile: T.J. Thomas

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 1925 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1187 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 120 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1368 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1342 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Phrurolithus festivus


Phrurolithus festivus
Phrurolithus festivus
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