Summary for Microctenonyx subitaneus (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
4m to 450m
The species is widespread in parts of northern, central and eastern England, but apparently virtually absent from the south-west and with few records from Wales and Scotland. It has a Holarctic distribution, and is widespread in western and central Europe. The species has also been reported from New Zealand and South America, probably the result of importation.
Habitat and ecology
M. subitaneus is strongly associated with straw and is found in ricks, straw-rich detritus, amongst hay and straw in out-houses and manure heaps, etc. It may also be a frequent spider in gardens and allotments, and in Leicestershire it is a frequent spider in the slightly rougher less managed areas of gardens, and in rough grass and lawns, especially close to hedges (J. Daws, pers. comm.). Adults are found throughout the year.
Although numerous in some habitats in southern England, the species is generally infrequent.
The spider is unlikely to be threatened.
Management and conservation
No recommendations are made.
Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.). References
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