Summary for Tetragnatha pinicola (Araneae)

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Tetragnatha pinicola Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Tetragnatha pinicola
Authority: L.Koch, 1870
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Tetragnathidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 728
First Record: 1892
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 185
Pre-1992 hectads: 91
Total hectads: 238

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 600m

Species text

Many old records are doubtful because of confusion with T. extensa. The species appears to be mainly southern and is widespread in southern England. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
T. pinicola is usually found in lightly wooded areas, mainly on young trees and tall open herbage in woodland clearings and rides. In Essex it is often found in clearings several years after coppicing has taken place. Adults of both sexes are found in early to mid-summer, occasionally into August.

The spider is numerous at some sites, but very local.

The loss of semi-natural mixed woodland to intensive forestry.

Original author of profile: P.R. Harvey, based on species account in Merrett (1990).

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 395 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 214 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 23 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 179 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 197 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Tetragnatha pinicola male
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