Summary for Thanatus vulgaris (Araneae)

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Thanatus vulgaris Copyright: Davyd Skull
Identification difficulty rating: 4
Name: Thanatus vulgaris
Authority: Simon, 1870
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Philodromidae
IUCN status: NA

Records: 3
First Record: 1992
Latest Record: 2006

1992-on hectads: 3
Pre-1992 hectads: 0
Total hectads: 3

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About this species

Recorded altitude range
130m to 130m

Species text

This is a Mediterranean species that usually occurs in buildings North of the Alps. In Britain it has been recorded on three occasions. First in Brampton, Huntingdonshire from a pitfall trap at Park Farm in 1992. Secondly at Widley, Hampshire in 1996 (habitat unrecorded) and finally in Edinburgh Zoo in a building in 2006. On the European continent it has been recorded throughout but is absent from Scandinavia.

Habitat and ecology
In Britain it has only been collected outside buildings on one occasion although the habitat is unrecorded. In Europe it is found in a wide range of dry habitats including garrigue, grasslands, sand dunes and salt marshes. Breeding populations occur in commercial cricket breeding facilities in UK and specimens can be found in boxes of crickets sold as live food for exotic pets.

Probably a casual introduction which has only been recorded in the wild on one occasion in Britain.


Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 3 records with adult season information)


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Structural Habitat Data (based on 1 records with structural habitat information)

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Thanatus vulgaris adult female
Thanatus vulgaris adult female
Adult female Thanatus vulgaris
Adult female Thanatus vulgaris
Thanatus vulgaris with cricket nymph prey
Thanatus vulgaris with cricket nymph prey
Thanatus vulgaris 1
Thanatus vulgaris 1
Thanatus vulgaris 2
Thanatus vulgaris 2
Thanatus vulgaris
Thanatus vulgaris
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