Summary for Meioneta gulosa (Araneae)

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National Distribution

 
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Identification difficulty rating: 4
Name: Meioneta gulosa
Authority: (L.Koch, 1869)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 276
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 45
Pre-1992 hectads: 66
Total hectads: 101

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About this species

Recorded altitude range
15m to 1068m

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Distribution
The species is widely distributed north of a line between Breconshire and Yorkshire. M. gulosa has a Palaearctic distribution (Platnick 1998) and has been recorded from the Alps, Tyrol, Pyrenees, Corsica and Norway (Goodier 1967), as well as Sweden, Finland and Poland.

Habitat and ecology
This spider is found beneath rocks in open, upland areas. On mountain felsenmeers, numerous specimens may be found ballooning together in fine weather. This aerial dispersal probably accounts for many of the lowland records. M. gulosa has also been found amongst shingle at the side of upland streams (Nant Ffrancon valley, Snowdonia, 220 m) and at low altitudes in Scotland under seaweed on coastal shingle and inland on a grassy bank (I. Dawson, pers. comm.). Mature specimens of both sexes have been recorded between May and August.

Status
The species is very local and scarce.

Threats
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 upland vegetation is protected from further damage due to excessive recreational pressure.

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 64 records with adult season information)


Habitats

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 76 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 1 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 26 records with structural habitat information)

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

Recorded management for locations with Meioneta gulosa

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Meioneta gulosa

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