Summary for Theridion mystaceum (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Name: Theridion mystaceum
Authority: L.Koch, 1870
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2413
First Record: 1872
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 542
Pre-1992 hectads: 258
Total hectads: 689

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 609m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of southern Britain but much less so in much of the north. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Although individual spiders may over-winter in houses, the species is most often found away from buildings, unlike the very similar T. melanurum. The webs are usually constructed on the trunks of trees and on the foliage of shrubs, but also on rock faces by the sea (I. Dawson, pers. comm.). Adults are mainly found from early to mid-summer, but males have occasionally been recorded as early as March and odd females throughout the year.

Generally common.

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

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 355 records with structural habitat information)

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