Summary for Agyneta mossica (Araneae)

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Identification difficulty rating: 4
Name: Agyneta mossica
Authority: Schikora, 1993
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 376
First Record: 1964
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 86
Pre-1992 hectads: 3
Total hectads: 87

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Recorded altitude range
5m to 720m

Species text

There have been rather few records in Britain since its recognition as a new species closely related to M. saxatilis (Schikora 1993), but it is probably a mainly northern and western species in this country. Records given in Schikora (1993 1995) for Kielder Forest in Northumberland and Kinder Scout in Derbyshire have not been submitted to the recording scheme. M. mossica has been recorded from Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany and Poland.

Habitat and ecology
As its species name suggests, M. mossica can be found in wet peaty, mossy habitats, particularly bogs. Details of the ecology of this new species are still scarce. Schikora (1993) records that the most suitable niche for the spider was within open Sphagnum expanses subject to temperature fluctuations. Here, spiders build a small sheet web in depressions made in the Sphagnum layer (Schikora 1995). A few records suggest that the habitat of M. mossica in Britain (Nellist 1996) agrees with that described by Schikora (1995) for the rest of northern Europe. Adults can be found between mid-April and October, with an activity peak beginning in mid-May and ending in June (Schikora 1993). The limited British data show males recorded from April to July and females from May to July, with a peak for males between April and June.

Scarce, but the species' true status remains unclear.

Until more is known about the ecology of this species, the exact nature of the threats it faces remains unknown. However, drainage of bogs for intensive forestry is a general threat to all species living in this habitat.

Management and conservation
Prevent drainage of upland bogs for intensive forestry.

Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.).  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 337 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 137 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 3 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 208 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 347 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Agyneta mossica

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Agyneta mossica


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