Summary for Centromerus serratus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Centromerus serratus Male Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Centromerus serratus
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1875)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
BAP status: UKBAP
National Rarity status: NR
IUCN status: EN, criteria: B2ab(ii)

Records: 103
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 20
Pre-1992 hectads: 17
Total hectads: 37

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Recorded altitude range
3m to 700m

Species text

The species is confined to the south of England, mainly the counties of Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and Essex. It is uncommon in Europe and has not been recorded from Ireland or Scandinavia.

Habitat and ecology
C. serratus occurs in litter and moss under pine, beech and oak, and in moss on chalk grassland and acid grassland. It is probably most abundant in deep beech litter. Both sexes are adult from November to March, females also in April.

UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species. Area of occupancy limited. Showing a major decline.

The loss of old beech woods. This species has been found in litter in pine plantations, but under pine is more often in clumps of moss mixed with litter than in pure pine litter, and therefore is usually more frequent in semi-natural woodland.

Management and conservation
Maintain old beech woods with deep litter layer, and areas of old pine with associated moss and heather on heathland.

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 53 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 27 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 37 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 50 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Centromerus serratus


Centromerus serratus (female ventral)
Centromerus serratus (female ventral)
Centromerus serratus (female)
Centromerus serratus (female)
Centromerus serratus female
Centromerus serratus female
Centromerus serratus Male
Centromerus serratus Male
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