Summary for Robertus scoticus (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
210m to 270m
R. scoticus has been recorded from the Black Wood of Rannoch and the Old Wood of Meggernie in Perthshire. It is widespread but rare in northern Europe.
Habitat and ecology
This species has been recorded only from Caledonian pine forest where it is found in moss and pine litter in damp areas of the forest. Males have been found between August and October and females between June and October.
This species was only ever recorded from two 10 km squares in Britain and from only one since 1992. It is only known from very small areas.
Caledonian pine forests have been under threat from commercial forestry.
Management and conservation
Both of the sites are SSSIs and are being managed to maintain the open nature of the forest. Regeneration of the forest is suppressed by deer grazing and exclosures have thus been set up.
Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.). References
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