Summary for Simitidion simile (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 673m
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