Summary for Saloca diceros (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
4m to 280m
S. diceros is fairly widespread in a band from Wales across central and southern England and East Anglia, mainly towards the eastern side of the country, but with a cluster of records in Dorset. The species is uncommon in western and central Europe.
Habitat and ecology
S. diceros occurs among moss and litter in damp broad-leaved woodland, including carr in fens, often in wet hollows. Adults of both sexes are found from October to June, females also in July.
The spider is abundant at some sites. It is probably under-recorded because of its minute size and rather unusual habitat of wet litter, but definitely local.
The loss of damp broad-leaved woodland to intensive forestry, and perhaps drainage at some sites.
Management and conservation
Maintain damp woodland. The growth of carr in fens is beneficial to this species.
Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.). References
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