Summary for Mangora acalypha (Araneae)

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Name: Mangora acalypha
Authority: (Walckenaer, 1802)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae

Records: 1618
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 188
Pre-1992 hectads: 76
Total hectads: 210

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About this species

Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

Distribution
The species has a widespread but patchy distribution in southern England and south Wales. It is widespread in western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Finland.

Habitat and ecology
The spider occurs on heathland and in open woodland. It can usually be found in the centre of its small but densely woven orb web, which is constructed on low vegetation such as heather and gorse. The few sites in Worcestershire where it is found suggest that it prefers drier places. It is mature early in the season, adults occurring mainly from May to June.

Status
The spider may be numerous in parts of the south of England but seemingly inexplicably rare in other areas.

Threats
Fragmentation of landscape areas supporting populations through agricultural intensification and loss of suitable semi natural habitat is the most likely threat.

Management and conservation
Maintain open woodland and heathland through rotational management that provides a continuity of vegetation suitable for web building.

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 415 records with adult season information)


Habitats

background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 484 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 24 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 308 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 391 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Mangora acalypha

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Mangora acalypha

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Mangora acalypha in Tollesbury
Mangora acalypha in Tollesbury
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Mangora acalypha 4
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Mangora acalypha 3
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