Summary for Erigone tirolensis (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
10m to 1219m
The species is restricted to the Highlands of Scotland. It is a boreo-alpine species in Europe.
Habitat and ecology
The species occurs under stones on mountains, usually above 900 m, but down to 300 m in the far north. Adults of both sexes are found from May to September, and possibly most of the year.
Common on high mountain-tops and increasing, recorded from 31 hectads since 1992.
In the Cairngorms, damage to vegetation resulting from skiing development and the associated public pressure pose a threat. As with other montane species, climate-change may pose a threat in the longer-term.
Management and conservation
Ensure that mountain tops where the species occurs are protected from excessive recreational pressures.
Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.). References
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