Summary for Ceratinella scabrosa (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
1m to 590m
The species is widespread in much of England and Wales, becoming very scattered in the north, extending as far as Dumfries-shire and Northumberland. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
Dry grassland, ancient woodland. C. scabrosa is most commonly recorded from limestone grassland, in the litter layer or on rocks or ant hills. It is also found in the detritus of marshes and leaf litter of ancient woodlands. Additionally, Crocker and Daws (1996) recorded it from a dried-out reed-bed. Adults of both sexes have been recorded from May to July, females occasionally persisting until November.
Uncommon, recorded from 83 hectads since 1992, though with no evidence of any decline.
Given the range of different habitats it has been recorded in and the fact that there has been no recent decline in its distribution, no serious threats are currently thought to exist.
Management and conservation
No recommendations at present.
Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.). References