Summary for Tetragnatha obtusa (Araneae)

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T. obtusa female Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Tetragnatha obtusa
Authority: C.L.Koch, 1837
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Tetragnathidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1267
First Record: 1898
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 289
Pre-1992 hectads: 155
Total hectads: 384

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 609m

Species text

The species is widespread in England and Wales but absent from much of Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This spider spins its orb webs on woodland trees especially in damper sites but is also found on heathland pines, and in parkland, churchyards and large well-planted gardens (J. Daws, pers. comm.). Adults of both sexes are found from early to mid-summer, occasionally into September.

Locally common in England and Wales. Rare in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Original author of profile: P. Lee

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 519 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 436 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 47 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 189 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 243 records with habitat detail and method information)

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T. obtusa female
T. obtusa female
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