Summary for Tibellus maritimus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Tibellus maritimus male Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Tibellus maritimus
Authority: (Menge, 1875)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Philodromidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 718
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 167
Pre-1992 hectads: 152
Total hectads: 273

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 410m

Species text

The spider has a scattered Distribution: in much of Britain, but is absent from many areas. A Holarctic species, widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
T. maritimus is found on coarse grasses, heather, rushes, etc. in damp places, raised bogs, on sand-hills and rough ground. Specimens are often found hugging plant stems with the legs extended along the length of the stem and in this position they are largely inconspicuous. When disturbed they move very rapidly upwards in the vegetation. Adults of both sexes are found late spring to mid-summer, females persisting later.

Although T. maritimus has a much more localised distribution than T. oblongus, it may be locally abundant. In the past there has been some confusion between these two species and they are only separable with certainty by careful examination of the genitalia.

Original author of profile: D.R. Nellist

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 224 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 312 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 21 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 115 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 191 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Tibellus maritimus female
Tibellus maritimus female
Tibellus maritimus male
Tibellus maritimus male
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