Summary for Sitticus pubescens


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Cryphoeca silvicola Orkney Copyright: Lee Johnson
Identification difficulty rating: 4
Identification difficulty rating: 4
Name: Hypositticus pubescens
Authority: (Fabricius, 1775)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Salticidae

1992-on hectads: 0
Pre-1992 hectads: 0
Total hectads: 0

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The species is widespread in much of England and parts of Wales. It is also recorded from the Isle of Skye (Merrett 1989) and Midlothian (Merrett 2000). S. pubescens is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
S. pubescens is usually found in association with human habitation, on walls, window frames, fences and sometimes indoors but tending to prefer outdoor situations in full sunshine. It is occasionally found on fence posts, tree trunks, underneath stones and on heather away from houses and other buildings (Roberts 1995; Crocker & Daws 1996). Mature females can be found throughout the year and males have been recorded between March and October, but adults of both sexes are found mainly in May and June.

The spider is locally dispersed throughout its range. A marked decline associated with an increase in Euophrys lanigera is pointed out in Merrett (1979) and a marked decline nationally since the early 1970s is also noted in Crocker & Daws (1996).

Original author of profile: E.L. Bee

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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Sitticus pubescens up close
Sitticus pubescens up close
Sitticus pubescens 2018
Sitticus pubescens 2018
Sitticus pubescens on roof tiles. Sussex
Sitticus pubescens on roof tiles. Sussex
Male Sitticus pubescens
Male Sitticus pubescens
Sitticus pubescens male
Sitticus pubescens male
Sitticus pubescens female
Sitticus pubescens female
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