Summary for Crustulina sticta (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Crustulina sticta
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1861)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 238
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 36
Pre-1992 hectads: 37
Total hectads: 58

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 128m

Species text

Most records are from Dorset and the New Forest, East Anglia and the coast between West Norfolk and North Lincolnshire. The species is scattered but uncommon in Europe. It has been recorded from most countries in north-western Europe, but is included in the Red List for Sweden (Gärdenfors 2000) and has not been recorded from Norway.

Habitat and ecology
This species has been recorded from damp heaths and fens. It occurs in damp situations at ground level and in grassy tussocks. It has also been collected on shingle and amongst marram on dunes. Adults of both sexes have been recorded in May and June, females until October.

Recorded from 16 hectads since 1992, but showing an apparent decline of about 50% in hectads with spider records both before and after that date (from 23 to 11), though lowland heathland and East Anglian fens are both known to be very under-recorded recently, so we prefer to treat this as Scarce rather than threatened.

The loss of heathlands to agriculture and forestry; the drainage of fens.

Management and conservation
Maintain the damp nature of these habitats.

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 90 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 86 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 6 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 45 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 80 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Crustulina sticta

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Crustulina sticta


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