Summary for Dipoena tristis (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
30m to 100m
This spider is confined to southern England, recorded from south Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Surrey and Kent. It is widespread but slightly less rare in northern Europe.
Habitat and ecology
Most records for this species are from heathland but it also occurs in grasslands. It is usually found on gorse but it has also been recorded from young pines, heather and other bushes. It preys on ants which are caught with a minimal web consisting of a few sticky threads. Adults occur from May to July.
Occurring in twelve 10-km squares since 1992.
Loss of suitable habitat to afforestation and agriculture.
Management and conservation
Ensure the presence of older patches of heather on heathlands
Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.). References