Summary for Tenuiphantes alacris (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Tenuiphantes alacris male Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Tenuiphantes alacris
Authority: (Blackwall, 1853)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 4715
First Record: 1872
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 523
Pre-1992 hectads: 488
Total hectads: 838

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 959m

Species text

The species is widespread throughout much of Britain. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
L. alacris is primarily a spider of woodlands, especially damp and upland woods, where it ascends to at least 275 m and may be abundant in leaf litter, moss and tussocks of grasses, woodrushes and sedges. It occurs under broad-leaved and coniferous trees, including ancient oak woodland, alder carr, conifer plantations and birch on bogs. Occasionally it is found in rocky heath grassland or grassland adjacent to woodland (Crocker & Daws 1996). Adults are found throughout the year, mainly in the autumn, winter, spring and early summer.

Common, especially in the north, but more local in the south.

Original author of profile: J. Newton

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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Adult Season Data (based on 2200 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 2231 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 53 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1646 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 2120 records with habitat detail and method information)

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