Summary for Zora spinimana (Araneae)

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Zora spinimana male Copyright: Martin Askins
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Zora spinimana
Authority: (Sundevall, 1833)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Zoridae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 6349
First Record: 1833
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 689
Pre-1992 hectads: 462
Total hectads: 868

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in much of the southern half of Britain and central eastern Scotland, but scattered elsewhere. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This is typically a grassland spider, usually found near the ground in grass roots or leaf litter, but also under stones or other objects, where the female may be found sitting on the white sheet of silk which covers her loosely-woven egg-sac. It is also found in a range of other habitats including heathland, open woodland and raised bog. The body pattern is fairly distinctive, even in juveniles. Adult of both sexes have been recorded throughout the year, but mainly between late spring and autumn, possibly with peaks in early to mid-summer and again in the autumn.


Original author of profile: W.J. Partridge

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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Adult Season Data (based on 2678 records with adult season information)


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Broad subhabitat Data (based on 243 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 1500 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 2130 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Zora spinimana female
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