Summary for Walckenaeria cucullata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Walckenaeria cucullata male Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Walckenaeria cucullata
Authority: (C.L.Koch, 1836)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1558
First Record: 1882
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 124
Pre-1992 hectads: 159
Total hectads: 238

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Recorded altitude range
2m to 700m

Species text

The species is widely but patchily distributed in Britain. A Palaearctic species, widespread in northern and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This species is found in moss and detritus, particularly in coniferous woodland, but also in more open grassland and, less frequently, under stones. In his study of the habitats of spiders on heathland, Snazell showed that W. cucullata preferred low, rather damp situations (Snazell 1982). Adults have been recorded in most months of the year but mostly from March to May, with perhaps a shorter period of activity in the autumn (Merrett 1969).

Common locally.

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 795 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 594 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 28 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 580 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 710 records with habitat detail and method information)

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