Summary for Tenuiphantes mengei (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Lepthyphantes mengei(m) in bathroom cleaning a leg Copyright: Howard Williams
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Name: Tenuiphantes mengei
Authority: Kulczynski, 1887
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 9010
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 978
Pre-1992 hectads: 744
Total hectads: 1355

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 1309m

Species text

The species is widespread in most of Britain. L. mengei is a Palaearctic species widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
L. mengei is found in undergrowth, grass and moss, on dry heath, moorland and in woodland, and has also been recorded at altitudes up to 3000' (914 m) in Scotland (Cooke 1967; Cooke 1968; Merrett 1971) and, interestingly, at over 6000' (1900 m) in mixed forest in the Pyrenees (Bosmans et al. 1986). In Essex the species is mainly restricted to relict heathland, heathy woodland and old grassland habitats (P.R. Harvey, pers. comm.). It is adult at all seasons of the year, but mainly in the summer.

Not uncommon in suitable habitat.

Original author of profile: D.R. Nellist

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 4749 records with adult season information)


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