Summary for Asthenargus paganus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Asthenargus paganus female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Asthenargus paganus
Authority: (Simon, 1884)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 173
First Record: 1913
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 45
Pre-1992 hectads: 39
Total hectads: 78

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Recorded altitude range
20m to 600m

Species text

The species is widespread in England from the Severn to Yorkshire, with scattered records from Wales, central Scotland and an isolated record from Suffolk. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
Woodland. A. paganus is found in moss, leaf litter and detritus in mature broad-leaved and coniferous woodland. It has been found commonly under the scales of spruce bark and in spruce litter. It is adult in autumn, winter and spring.

Recorded from 28 hectads since 1992, showing a small apparent decline.

Destruction of woodland due to agricultural and urban development.

Management and conservation
Protect occupied woodlands from further loss to development.

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 75 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 53 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 47 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 71 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Asthenargus paganus

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Asthenargus paganus


Asthenargus paganus female
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