Summary for Nigma puella (Araneae)

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National Distribution

 
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N. puella f. Copyright: Evan Jones
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Nigma puella
Authority: (Simon, 1870)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Dictynidae
National status: Nb

Records: 269
First Record: 1909
Latest Record: 2017

1992-on hectads: 79
Pre-1992 hectads: 29
Total hectads: 100

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About this species

Recorded altitude range
2m to 190m

Species text

Distribution
The species is restricted to south of a line from Suffolk to Glamorgan. In Essex it has an interesting distribution, apparently confined to an area near the coast where it is reasonably frequent. A similar situation occurs in Somerset and seems to apply elsewhere as well. In Europe it has been recorded from France, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland.

Habitat and ecology
The spider occurs on low broad-leaved bushes and shrubs in hedgerows and gardens, but also sometimes in scrub and open woodland. It spins a small web on the surface of leaves. Both sexes are adult in May and July. In North Essex females with egg-sacs have been found in their webs on the under-surface of leaves in September but most records have been in June and July.

Status
The spider is very local, but may be frequent in some areas.

Threats
The excessive trimming and loss of hedgerows is likely to threaten this species. Where the species occurs on hedgerows between arable fields the spider and its potential prey are presumably threatened by spray drift from pesticides.

Management and conservation
Where possible hedgerows should be managed by traditional methods with the aim of creating variation in the hedge size, shape and species variety. Any cutting, flailing or trimming should be undertaken on a rotational basis.

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 102 records with adult season information)


Habitats

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Broad Habitat Data (based on 77 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 6 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 56 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 58 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Images

Nigma puella female 15 06 17
Nigma puella female 15 06 17
Nigma puella adult female 7 11 2016
Nigma puella adult female 7 11 2016
Nigma puella Gloucs 2
Nigma puella Gloucs 2
Nigma puella Gloucs 1
Nigma puella Gloucs 1
Nigma puella with predated egg sac
Nigma puella with predated egg sac
Nigma puella with egg sac 1
Nigma puella with egg sac 1
Nigma puella f.
Nigma puella f.
Tiny Nigma Puella in Tollesbury
Tiny Nigma Puella in Tollesbury
Nigma puella female on white
Nigma puella female on white
Male Nigma puella 2
Male Nigma puella 2
Male Nigma puella 1
Male Nigma puella 1
N. puella f.
N. puella f.
N. puella male
N. puella male
Male Nigma puella
Male Nigma puella
Nigma puella female with young
Nigma puella female with young
Nigma puella female
Nigma puella female
Nigma puella male
Nigma puella male
Nigma puella with eggsacs
Nigma puella with eggsacs
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