Summary for Simitidion simile (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Simitidion simile Copyright: Esmond Brown
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Simitidion simile
Authority: (C.L.Koch, 1836)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1433
First Record: 1882
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 215
Pre-1992 hectads: 100
Total hectads: 257

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 673m

Species text

The spider is widespread in southern England but very locally distributed elsewhere in Britain with few records from Wales and north of Yorkshire. It is widespread in western and central Europe including Scandinavia, although Aakra & Hauge (2000) show only one record for Norway.

Habitat and ecology
This spider is most commonly seen on heathland where it constructs webs on gorse, heather and other vegetation and occasionally on trees. Both sexes are mature in early to mid-summer, females occasionally persisting later.

The species is commonest in southern England becoming rarer north of the Humber.

Original author of profile: P. Lee

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 640 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 513 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 79 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 390 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 509 records with habitat detail and method information)

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