Summary for Piratula hygrophila (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Piratula hygrophila Copyright: Tylan Berry
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Piratula hygrophila
Authority: (Thorell, 1872)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 4081
First Record: 1895
Latest Record: 2024

1992-on hectads: 425
Pre-1992 hectads: 352
Total hectads: 616

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 549m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of the southern half of Britain, much more scattered in the north. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
P. hygrophilus may be abundant in the ground layer of damp woodland, raised bogs, lowland heaths, marshy grassland and other damp or wet habitats, but it is not normally associated with open water. Adults of both sexes are found mainly from early to mid-summer, females persisting until later.

The species is less frequently recorded than P. piraticus, with which it often occurs, but it may be locally abundant. It is possibly under-recorded because it is less active during the day and more likely to remain hidden under vegetation.

Original author of profile: J. Newton

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 1528 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1593 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 153 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 895 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1198 records with habitat detail and method information)

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