Summary for Tapinocyba praecox (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Name: Tapinocyba praecox
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1873)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1121
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 158
Pre-1992 hectads: 185
Total hectads: 307

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 600m

Species text

The species is widespread but has a very patchy Distribution: in Britain, and appears to be absent from much of the west. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from the north of Sweden or from the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Habitat and ecology
T. praecox may be found in a variety of habitats including the ground layer in grassland, on heathland, in leaf litter and also by sweeping short vegetation. In Berkshire, Duffey (1956) captured both sexes between January and April, and found that the species was a common aeronaut. In North Wales, Pearson and White (1964) captured adults between February and July with most activity from March to May. Our data show a peak of adults of both sexes in spring, a smaller peak of males in late autumn/winter, with occasional adults collected throughout the year.

Local, but the spider may sometimes be found in abundance. It is less common than T. pallens in the north.

Original author of profile: D.R. Nellist

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 459 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 332 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 26 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 292 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 385 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Tapinocyba praecox

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Tapinocyba praecox


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