Notes on Gongylidiellum murcidum

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I found this species in pitfall traps set in a small carr woodland (NVC W6) near Dorchester in June and Juy 2011. All specimens taken were male. The traps were placed in soft humic material in the shade of Salix fragilis, with some vegetation, notably forget-me-not, and a continuing supply of leaf, twig and bark litter from the trees. This area is flooded every winter and the survival of G. murcidum in this situation - it was not located anywhere else in the wood in a year of searching - is surprising. In this summer it has had a more serious challenge, as the South Winterborne which flows through the wood flooded large areas of land during the heavy rains, and the wood remains flooded close to winter levels even now in late August.
Added by Robert Cumming at 20:28 on Fri 31st Aug 2012. Return to Summary for Gongylidiellum murcidum