Summary for Drassodes pubescens (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Drassodes pubescens female Copyright: Tylan Berry
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Drassodes pubescens
Authority: (Thorell, 1856)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Gnaphosidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 502
First Record: 1894
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 91
Pre-1992 hectads: 83
Total hectads: 156

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread in parts of southern England, becoming very scattered and scarce northwards into Scotland. D. pubescens has a Palaearctic distribution and is widespread in western and central Europe as far north as southern Norway and Finland, but it is not recorded from Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
Grassland and heathland. This species is sometimes found when grubbing at the base of long grass, but it also occurs under scattered stones, discarded rubbish and grassy tussocks on heathland. Both sexes have been recorded in summer, males also in November.

Although recorded from 46 hectads since 1992, and showing an apparent decline of 46% in squares with spider records both before and after that date (71 to 38), this species may be under-recorded, so we prefer a Watching Brief.

Loss of grassland and heathland due to agricultural and urban development and as a result of succession.

Management and conservation
Protect heathland and grassland from destruction for agricultural and urban development. Ensure heathlands are managed to provide some open ground 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 183 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 152 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 4 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 145 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 161 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Drassodes pubescens

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Drassodes pubescens


Drassodes pubescens female
Drassodes pubescens female
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