Summary for Tapinopa longidens (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Tapinopa longidens adult female Copyright: Esmond Brown
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Name: Tapinopa longidens
Authority: (Wider, 1834)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1380
First Record: 1858
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 273
Pre-1992 hectads: 339
Total hectads: 532

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 992m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of Britain, but very scattered in some areas. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
T. longidens may be locally abundant in a variety of habitats, including detritus in woods, in marshy areas, grassland, open hillsides, moorland, heather and marram dunes. The highly characteristic web is a thick glistening sheet with a white, glossy appearance quite unlike that of any other spider (Bristowe 1958). It is usually spun in small open spaces in low vegetation, over a hollow in the ground or under stones. Males are active from mid-August to mid-November with a peak of activity in September (Merrett 1969). Adults have been recorded mainly between July and October, females occasionally persisting until April.


Original author of profile: I.M. Howe

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 367 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 609 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 10 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 250 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 342 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Tapinopa longidens adult female
Tapinopa longidens adult female
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