Summary for Theridion pictum (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Theridion pictum adult female Copyright: Esmond Brown
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Name: Theridion pictum
Authority: (Walckenaer, 1802)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 808
First Record: 1872
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 153
Pre-1992 hectads: 100
Total hectads: 219

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 500m

Species text

T. pictum is widespread in much of England, but absent or very localised in the north and west of Britain and parts of the south. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
The webs of this species can be found on a variety of shrubs, herbaceous plants and structures including post and rail fences. It occurs mainly in damp places in the lowlands. It has also been found in moss and litter in wetland sites. Both sexes are mature in early to mid-summer, with females sometimes persisting until November.

The species may be locally common.

Original author of profile: P. Lee

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 344 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 321 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 61 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 166 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 199 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Theridion pictum

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Theridion pictum


Theridion pictum adult female
Theridion pictum adult female
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