Summary for Harpactea hombergi (Araneae)

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National Distribution

 
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Harpactea hombergi Copyright: Mark Ashforth
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Harpactea hombergi
Authority: (Scopoli, 1763)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Dysderidae

Records: 3978
First Record: 1858
Latest Record: 2014

1992-on hectads: 562
Pre-1992 hectads: 423
Total hectads: 779

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About this species

Recorded altitude range
0m to 518m

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Distribution
The species is widely distributed in Britain, but it becomes more scattered in northern England, with few records for the north of Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe as far north as Denmark and Sweden.

Habitat and ecology
The spider is found under stones and bark, in ivy, dry litter and detritus wherever it collects such as in the bottoms of hedges, in epicormic shoots of trees, birds' nests and squirrels' drays. It has been recorded in gardens and sometimes houses. A fast moving nocturnal hunter with a rather elongated appearance, especially in the male, it spends the day in a sparse silken cell. The pink eggs are laid in batches of about 20 and guarded by the female (Bristowe 1958). Adults of both sexes can be found in every month of the year with peaks during the spring/early summer and autumn periods. Large numbers of all age groups occur together in suitable habitats.

Status
Common.

Original author of profile: R. Ruffell

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 946 records with adult season information)


Habitats

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1265 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 93 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 516 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 674 records with habitat detail and method information)

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