Summary for Scotolemon doriae (Opiliones)

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Identification difficulty rating: 5
Name: Scotolemon doriae
Authority: Pavesi, 1878
Order: Arachnida: Opiliones
Family: Phalangodidae

Records: 3
First Record: 2017
Latest Record: 2018

1992-on hectads: 1
Pre-1992 hectads: 0
Total hectads: 1

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This species was first recorded in Britain on 31st December 2017 in a cemetery in Plymouth (Bilton, 2018a). It appears to be native to the northern Mediterranean area. It was first recorded in Italy, and also has been found in Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica and southern France. Beyond this area, it has turned up in Paris and has recently been found in woodlands in north-western France (Iorio & Racine 2017, Bilton 2018b, Martens 1978).

Habitat and ecology
At its only British locality, this species was found on the underside of stones, embedded in the soil but overlying small cavities. It is considered that it only comes near the soil surface when the relative humidity is high and presumably retreats to lower levels in drier conditions.

Considered to be an introduction (Bilton 2018b). Inconspicuous (small and mite-like) and possibly overlooked elsewhere.

Bilton, D. 2018a. Scotolemon doriae Pavesi, 1878 in Britain. Spider Recording Scheme News, 90 In: Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society 141: 17.
Bilton, D. 2018b. Scotolemon doriae Pavesi, 1878 – a soil-dwelling harvestman new to Britain (Opiliones: Phalangodidae). In press.
Iorio, E.& Racine, A. 2017. Première observation de Scotolemon doriae Pavesi, 1878 dans le Massif armoricain (Opiliones, Phalangodidae). Revue arachnologique 4: 41-45.
Martens, J. 1978. Spinnentiere, Arachnida: Weberknechte, Opiliones. Die Tierwelt Deutschlands 64: 1-464. Fischer Verlag, Jena.  References

 Account last edited by Peter Harvey at 13:37 on Sun 15th Jul 2018.

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