Summary for Piratula hygrophila (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 549m
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