Summary for Erigonella ignobilis (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Erigonella ignobilis female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Erigonella ignobilis
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1871)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 558
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 92
Pre-1992 hectads: 57
Total hectads: 138

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 348m

Species text

Erigonella ignobilis is widespread but very scattered in England and Wales, with a single record from Scotland. A dearth of recent records from East Anglian wetlands may be due to a lack of recent recording as it was found in two sites in Norfolk in 2006 and 2007, but it was not recorded during intensive survey of Broadland fens 2007 to 2009 (Lott et al., 2010). It appears to be absent from much of England including the south-east. A Palaearctic species widespread in north-western and central Europe, including Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
Wetlands. E. ignobilis usually occurs in damp, marshy areas, damp litter and low vegetation at the edge of open water. It is probably adult at all seasons, possibly with a peak in spring.

Recorded from 24 hectads since 1992, but showing an increasingly fragmented and restricted distribution with an apparent decline of 49% of Area of Occupancy (from 37 to 19 hectads) from before that date.

Drainage of wetland habitats is a potential threat to this species.

Management and conservation
Maintain a high water table in wetlands.

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 413 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 129 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 10 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 142 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 387 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Erigonella ignobilis

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Erigonella ignobilis


Erigonella ignobilis (female)
Erigonella ignobilis (female)
Erigonella ignobilis female
Erigonella ignobilis female
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