Summary for Zygiella atrica (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Zygiella atrica Male Copyright: Nik Nimbus
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Name: Zygiella atrica
Authority: (C.L.Koch, 1845)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 2879
First Record: 1820
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 554
Pre-1992 hectads: 393
Total hectads: 786

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Recorded altitude range
-4m to 673m

Species text

Zygiella atrica is widespread but patchily distributed in much of Britain. It is a European species introduced to Canada and the USA (Platnick 1998) which is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
This species constructs a similar retreat and web to that of Z. x-notata, but more typically on thorny bushes (blackthorn and gorse) on open ground away from human habitations. On heathlands, Z. atrica can be found on heather and on the trunks of pine and birch trees. Metal signposts and gates are also frequented in open country. At coastal sites, specimens are also found on rocky shores, cliffs and sea defences. Adults of both sexes are found in late summer and autumn, occasionally persisting later.


Original author of profile: R.C. Gallon

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 932 records with adult season information)


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Broad subhabitat Data (based on 142 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 561 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 644 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Male Zygiella atrica
Male Zygiella atrica
Zygiella atrica on web on gorse
Zygiella atrica on web on gorse
Zygiella atrica male 3
Zygiella atrica male 3
Zygiella atrica Male 2
Zygiella atrica Male 2
Zygiella atrica
Zygiella atrica
Zygiella atrica Male
Zygiella atrica Male
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