Summary for Tenuiphantes cristatus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Name: Tenuiphantes cristatus
Authority: (Menge, 1866)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2795
First Record: 1895
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 491
Pre-1992 hectads: 396
Total hectads: 758

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 1050m

Species text

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

Habitat and ecology
L. cristatus occurs in a variety of damp shady habitats, including alder carr, mixed broad-leaved woodland, birch and pine on sphagnum, juniper scrub on limestone, wet pasture and rank grassland. It is found in leaf litter, moss, tussocks and by pitfall trapping and beating scrub. Adults of both sexes are mainly found in the autumn, both sexes occurring through the winter and spring, with a second peak of females in spring and early summer.

Local, more common in the north.

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

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 1232 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 1491 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 80 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 683 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 1114 records with habitat detail and method information)

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