Summary for Agyneta nigripes (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Meioneta nigripes Copyright: Evan Jones
Identification difficulty rating: 4
Name: Agyneta nigripes
Authority: (Simon, 1884)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 174
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2021

1992-on hectads: 57
Pre-1992 hectads: 33
Total hectads: 78

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Recorded altitude range
35m to 1219m

Species text

The species is confined to Scotland, where it is widespread in the western Highlands, and North Wales, where it has been recorded in one small area on several occasions. It is a common boreo-alpine species in Europe.

Habitat and ecology
M. nigripes occurs among moss and short grass and under stones, mainly on mountains above 500 m, but lower in Orkney and Shetland. Adults of both sexes are found from May to August.

The spider is frequent at some sites, but local.

In some areas recreational pressure associated with skiing may be a threat but in the longer term, climate change may adversely affect this, and other montane species.

Management and conservation
Ensure that further damage to upland vegetation due to excessive recreational pressure is guarded against.

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 52 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 35 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 25 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 33 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Agyneta nigripes

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Agyneta nigripes


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