Summary for Silometopus elegans (Araneae)

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Silometopus elegans
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1872)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2930
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 347
Pre-1992 hectads: 277
Total hectads: 547

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 950m

Species text

S. elegans is widespread north of a line from south Wales to the Humber northwards, but mostly absent further south. The species is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The spider is found in grass, moss and undergrowth, often in wet or marshy places. It is also recorded under stones on high ground up to 980 m. In southern England it appears to be confined mainly to high ground (Locket et al. 1974). Adults are mainly found from early to mid-summer.

Rather uncommon, but less so in the north.

Original author of profile: J.A. Stewart

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 1267 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1029 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 94 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 847 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1289 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Silometopus elegans

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Silometopus elegans


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