Summary for Micaria pulicaria (Araneae)

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Micaria pulicaria Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Micaria pulicaria
Authority: (Sundevall, 1831)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Gnaphosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 3611
First Record: 1833
Latest Record: 2018

1992-on hectads: 535
Pre-1992 hectads: 393
Total hectads: 769

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

Distribution
The species is widespread throughout most of Britain and, indeed, the entire Holarctic region.

Habitat and ecology
M. pulicaria is often to be found in open areas of short vegetation where there are scattered stones or small beds of stones. It has been recorded from most habitats particularly the warm, sunny parts of sandy heaths, chalk downlands, dunes and derelict land, but it has been found in saltmarsh, sphagnum filled hollows in dunes, moss in broad-leaved woodland as well as stony, bare, dry habitats. Although not myrmecophagous the spider quivers its front legs in an ant-like fashion which may help prevent it falling prey to larger spiders which generally avoid contact with ants. Females enclose the eggs within a stiff sac which is said to resemble a rimmed pot and although she does not guard them, Bristowe (1958) states that she returns frequently to check the egg-sac. Adults of both sexes have been recorded from early February to late November and mature specimens may occur throughout the year. Our data indicate the main season is late spring to mid-summer.

Status
Common.

Original authors of profile: J. Murphy and J. Bell

Text based on Harvey, P.R., Nellist, D.R. & Telfer, M.G. (eds) 2002. Provisional atlas of British spiders (Arachnida, Araneae), Volumes 1 & 2. Huntingdon: Biological Records Centre.  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 1322 records with adult season information)


Habitats

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 1349 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 61 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 926 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 888 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Micaria pulicaria

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