Summary for Latithorax faustus (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
10m to 956m
In Britain this Palaearctic species is restricted to northern and western regions, but is also known from south-western Ireland (Platnick 1998; Locket et al. 1974).
Habitat and ecology
This species inhabits damp, open habitats in upland regions. In North Wales, specimens were discovered amongst low growing Eriophorum spp. and Juncus squarrosus surrounding a peat bog pool at an altitude of 540 m. In West Lancashire, a female was found in a similar acidic bog pool area at an altitude of only 210 m (J. Newton, pers. comm.). Adults have been recorded between March and November, with a peak in May.
Local, but the spider may be under-recorded because its upland habitat is under-worked.
Drainage of peat bogs could pose a threat to this species.
Management and conservation
Ensure the water table of peat bogs is maintained.
Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.). References
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