Summary for Meioneta nigripes (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
35m to 1219m
The species is confined to Scotland, where it is widespread in the western Highlands, and North Wales, where it has been recorded in one small area on several occasions. It is a common boreo-alpine species in Europe.
Habitat and ecology
M. nigripes occurs among moss and short grass and under stones, mainly on mountains above 500 m, but lower in Orkney and Shetland. Adults of both sexes are found from May to August.
The spider is frequent at some sites, but local.
In some areas recreational pressure associated with skiing may be a threat but in the longer term, climate change may adversely affect this, and other montane species.
Management and conservation
Ensure that further damage to upland vegetation due to excessive recreational pressure is guarded against.
Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.). References