Summary for Tegenaria domestica (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Tegenaria domestica male 1 Copyright: Peter Harvey
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Name: Tegenaria domestica
Authority: (Clerck, 1757)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Agelenidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1354
First Record: 1820
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 270
Pre-1992 hectads: 260
Total hectads: 455

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 490m

Species text

Tegenaria domestica is widely distributed in much of Britain, but more scattered in the west and north. It is widely distributed in Europe ( and has colonised many other parts of the world as a result of transportation by humans.

Habitat and ecology
Found most commonly within buildings and adjacent gardens. Bristowe (1958) reported finding the species in the entrance to dry caves and in hollow trees. Adults of both sexes have been recorded throughout the year, but mostly from spring to mid-summer and autumn.

Common, but in some places, such as Cambridgeshire and Essex, it seems much less common than E. duellica (I. Dawson & P.R. Harvey, pers. comms.). It may be suffering as a result of competition from the larger Eratigena species, and also from expanding populations of Pholcus phalangioides and Steatoda nobilis, both of which eat other spiders.

Author of profile: Geoff Oxford.

Bristowe, W. S. 1958. World of spiders. London: Collins New Naturalist.  References

 Account last edited by Geoff Oxford at 15:15 on Tue 9th Jan 2024.

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Adult Season Data (based on 409 records with adult season information)


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Structural Habitat Data (based on 33 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 111 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Tegenaria domestica Gloucester
Tegenaria domestica Gloucester
Tegenaria domestica sub adult male
Tegenaria domestica sub adult male
Tegenaria domestica Gloucs
Tegenaria domestica Gloucs
Tegenaria domestica male 2
Tegenaria domestica male 2
Tegenaria domestica male 1
Tegenaria domestica male 1
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