Summary for Segestria senoculata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Segestria senoculata with Aphid Copyright: Nik Nimbus
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Name: Segestria senoculata
Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Segestriidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 3587
First Record: 1858
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 752
Pre-1992 hectads: 506
Total hectads: 1012

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread throughout Britain. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This attractively marked spider lives in a tube constructed in a hole in a wall, under bark and stones or in rubble and scree, from sea-level to high altitudes (over 500 m in Shropshire and West Lancashire). Strong threads which act as trip wires radiate out from the hidden tube. The spider waits in the entrance of the retreat for unwary prey to touch the threads before dashing out to seize and drag the victim back into the retreat for consumption. Sometimes the spider can be enticed out with a tuning fork or a grass stem. Adults occur throughout the year, but both sexes seem to peak in spring and early summer. The eggs are laid within the female's retreat and the young stay there after hatching, sometimes eating their mother before dispersing (Roberts 1995).

Generally common, particularly in the north and west.

Original author of profile: R. Ruffell

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

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Adult Season Data (based on 729 records with adult season information)


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Structural Habitat Data (based on 378 records with structural habitat information)

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Segestria senoculata
Segestria senoculata
segestria senoculata pairinng
segestria senoculata pairinng
Entrance to tubular retreat with trip wires
Entrance to tubular retreat with trip wires
Segestria senoculata abdomen
Segestria senoculata abdomen
Segestria senoculata with Aphid
Segestria senoculata with Aphid
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