Summary for Theonoe minutissima (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Theonoe minutissima female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Theonoe minutissima
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1879)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1350
First Record: 1895
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 222
Pre-1992 hectads: 126
Total hectads: 300

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Recorded altitude range
3m to 914m

Species text

The species is widespread in western and northern Britain but absent from most of south-central and eastern England. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This species is even smaller and more like a linyphiid spider than Pholcomma gibbum. Like that spider, it is usually found at ground level under stones and in moss etc. but may also be swept from taller vegetation. It has been recorded from a variety of habitats including sphagnum bogs, heathland and damp places in woodland. Adults have been recorded in most months of the year, possibly with a peak in April.

Apparently uncommon, but possibly under-recorded due to its small size.

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 867 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 465 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 57 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 507 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 827 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Theonoe minutissima (female)
Theonoe minutissima (female)
Theonoe minutissima female
Theonoe minutissima female
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