Summary for Donacochara speciosa (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Donacochara speciosa adult male Copyright: Esmond Brown
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Name: Donacochara speciosa
Authority: (Thorell, 1875)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 253
First Record: 1936
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 20
Pre-1992 hectads: 24
Total hectads: 37

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 70m

Species text

The species is mostly confined to eastern England between Kent and Norfolk, but there are also records from Anglesey, Caernarvonshire, Staffordshire, East Yorkshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire. It is widespread in northern and central Europe, but uncommon.

Habitat and ecology
D. speciosa is found in very wet places in fens and marshes, and in sewage beds, probably mainly in reed-beds. It may be adult for most of the year.

Although there are records from a total of 30 hectads it has been recorded from just 10 to 12 hectads since 1992, though it may be frequent where it occurs

The drainage of fens and marshes.

Management and conservation
Maintain water table of fens and marshes, and restrict scrub growth.

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 80 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 74 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 33 records with subhabitat information)

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

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 64 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Donacochara speciosa

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Donacochara speciosa


Donacochara speciosa male
Donacochara speciosa male
Donacochara speciosa adult male
Donacochara speciosa adult male
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