Summary for Enoplognatha tecta (Araneae)

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Identification difficulty rating: 5
Name: Enoplognatha tecta
Authority: (Keyserling, 1884)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
National Rarity status: NR
IUCN status: VU, criteria: B2ab(ii,iii,iv)

Records: 5
First Record: 1888
Latest Record: 2009

1992-on hectads: 1
Pre-1992 hectads: 1
Total hectads: 2

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Recorded altitude range
5m to 5m

Species text

E. tecta has been found only in two neighbouring sites in Dorset and one recently in Suffolk. In Europe it is absent from Scandinavia and Ireland but otherwise recorded from most north-western and central European countries.

Habitat and ecology
This species has been recorded from a marsh dominated by Phragmites australis and Carex riparia and among dykeside vegetation. Females were recorded in May and July, the male in July.

Very rare in Britain, recorded from just one location since 1992. Only three specimens of this species have been recorded in Britain, single females in 1888 and 2009, and a male in 1974.

Drainage and agricultural run off are threats to the marshland habitat which would result in a decline in area and quality.

Management and conservation
Scrub clearance may become necessary to maintain the reed-bed. A survey of the known sites is highly desirable to ascertain the current status of this species.

Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.).  References

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Adult Season Data (based on 1 records with adult season information)


background methodology

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Enoplognatha tecta


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