Summary for Hybocoptus decollatus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

 
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Hybocoptus male Copyright: Evan Jones
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Name: Hybocoptus decollatus
Authority: (Simon, 1881)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 143
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 32
Pre-1992 hectads: 14
Total hectads: 41

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

Distribution
The species is confined to the south of England and South Wales. It is found in western and south-western Europe.

Habitat and ecology
H. decollatus occurs mostly on yew and on chalk grassland in large yew woods. It also occurs on gorse and other bushes near the coast. It has more recently been found on yews in churchyards in the southeast. Both sexes are adult in April and May, with females as late as September.

Status
The spider may be under-recorded because of its early maturity period, but adults have been found in large numbers at the end of May. It is very local, but abundant at some sites.

Threats
There is probably little threat to its coastal sites, but loss of yew woods on chalk would be a serious threat to its existence inland.

Management and conservation
Maintain large yew woods on chalk.

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

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 95 records with adult season information)


Habitats

background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 80 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 42 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 77 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 39 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Hybocoptus decollatus

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Hybocoptus decollatus

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