Summary for Pardosa purbeckensis (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 60m
The species is widespread on the coasts of Britain.
Habitat and ecology
P. purbeckensis occurs in saltmarsh and tidal habitats on mudflats and the shores especially of estuaries, running over mud and tidal debris. Adults of both sexes may be found from early to mid-summer, females persisting later.
Local, but numerous in suitable coastal habitat. Despite its continued separation from P. agrestis in Merrett et al. (1985), Merrett & Millidge (1992) and Merrett & Murphy (2000), Roberts (1987; 1995) does not recognise P. purbeckensis as a separate species and this presents problems in the mapping of records submitted to the recording scheme. A decision has been made to map coastal records of P. agrestis as P. purbeckensis.
Original author of profile: P.R. Harvey
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
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