Summary for Allomengea vidua (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Allomengea vidua m Copyright: David Carr
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Allomengea vidua
Authority: (L.Koch, 1879)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 787
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 89
Pre-1992 hectads: 142
Total hectads: 202

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 490m

Species text

The species is widespread in Wales and much of England, mainly north of the Severn-Thames, with a concentration in East Anglia, and scattered records as far north as central Scotland. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Found in a variety of usually wet habitats such as swamp, fen and marsh, mostly at low altitudes. Adults of both sexes are found in late summer and autumn.

The species is very local, and appears to have suffered major decline. Trend analysis of the continuing decline in area of occupancy over the period 1976 to 2005 indicates a reduction in population size of 40% over a ten year period. However, Wales and the wetlands of eastern England are both relatively less well recorded in recent years.

Drainage of wetland sites for agriculture and forestry.

Management and conservation
Maintain hydrological regime in wetlands where it occurs.

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 215 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 269 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 13 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 87 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 134 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Allomengea vidua

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Allomengea vidua


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