Summary for Mioxena blanda (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
3m to 105m
M. blanda is known from widely scattered localities in England, Wales and Scotland (E. Lothian and Skye, records not submitted to the recording scheme). It is widespread in north-western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Ireland.
Habitat and ecology
The species has been recorded from a wide range of habitats: saltmarsh, calcareous grassland, beneath stones on a river bed, in birch and pine litter, sand dunes, bracken, sugar-beet fields and a tin mine. It is thought that its true habitat has not yet been identified, and it may be subterranean. Adults have been found between August and January, possibly mostly in the late autumn and early winter.
Although there may be some under-recording, this still appears to be a rare spider known from only two locations since 1992 and which has undergone major decline in area of occupancy.
Specific threats are unknown for this species.
Management and conservation
Too little is known of the biology of this species to make management recommendations.
Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.). References