Summary for Thyreosthenius parasiticus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Thyreosthenius parasiticus
Authority: (Westring, 1851)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 489
First Record: 1872
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 111
Pre-1992 hectads: 131
Total hectads: 218

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Recorded altitude range
4m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of England and central Scotland, but very scattered elsewhere and apparently absent from the south-west and other parts of Britain. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
T. parasiticus is found in damp, dark habitats of two main types: underground sites such as mines, caves, cellars, and disused sewers; and in woodland sites inside hollow trees, in dead and rotting timber, under bark, in birds' nests and in the dense dry twiggy material lodged in epicormic growths. It also occurs on derelict sites, under stones in rubbish dumps. Adults have been found throughout the year.

Local but infrequent, and perhaps under-recorded because of its specialised habitat

Original author of profile: J.M. Newton

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 148 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 201 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 7 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 56 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 82 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Thyreosthenius parasiticus

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Thyreosthenius parasiticus


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