Summary for Pocadicnemis pumila sens. str. (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 955m
The species is widespread throughout much of Britain. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
P. pumila occurs in a range of habitats in the north including grasslands, moorland and blanket bog. In the south it is frequent on heathland but may be rare in other habitats. In Essex, where P. pumila and P. juncea are not found together, P. juncea is widespread and common in a range of habitats, but P. pumila is restricted to wet heath in the Epping Forest area and rides in damp boulder clay woodlands in the north-west of the county. Both sexes are found mainly between May and July with females recorded later, even occasionally until December and February.
The spider is common in the north, but much more restricted in the south, where it is common on heathland. It is very rare in some parts of the south-east such as Essex, where it is restricted to wet heathland and acid grassland in Epping Forest and damp boulder clay woodlands in the north-west of the county. The difficulty of reliably distinguishing some female specimens mean that a proportion of the records submitted to the scheme as P. pumila may in fact refer to P. juncea.
Original author of profile: P.R. Harvey
Text derived from 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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