Summary for Tegenaria silvestris (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Tegenaria silvestris Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Tegenaria silvestris
Authority: L.Koch, 1872
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Agelenidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1339
First Record: 1872
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 314
Pre-1992 hectads: 164
Total hectads: 403

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Recorded altitude range
2m to 600m

Species text

T. silvestris is widespread in central and southern England and Wales, but very scattered further north. The species occurs across the whole of Europe and into the Ukraine and Moldavia, although it is absent from Scandinavia (

Habitat and ecology
This spider is often associated with woodland (Roberts 1995), where it occurs in damp situations where sheet webs can be constructed, such as low banks and ditches, and in open vegetation along rides. It can also be found in caves, under bark, logs and stones, and sometimes on scrubby waste ground and along railway lines. Occasionally it enters houses. Its small size may sometimes cause it to be disregarded as immature. Adults have been found most of the year, both sexes mainly in spring and early summer, and late summer or autumn.


Authors of profile: Greg Hitchcock & Geoff Oxford.

Roberts, M.J. 1995. Spiders of Britain & Northern Europe. London: HarperCollins.

 Account last edited by Geoff Oxford at 15:17 on Tue 9th Jan 2024.

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 340 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 555 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 15 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 190 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 225 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Tegenaria silvestris Gloucs
Tegenaria silvestris Gloucs
Tegenaria silvestris sub adult male
Tegenaria silvestris sub adult male
Adult female T.silvestris 2
Adult female T.silvestris 2
Adult female T.silvestris 1
Adult female T.silvestris 1
Tegenaria silvestris
Tegenaria silvestris
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