Summary for Gnaphosa leporina (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Gnaphosa leporina subadult male Copyright: Shreyas Kuchibhotla
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Name: Gnaphosa leporina
Authority: (L.Koch, 1866)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Gnaphosidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 272
First Record: 1875
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 27
Pre-1992 hectads: 54
Total hectads: 72

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 590m

Species text

The species is widespread in parts of south-central England, northern England and Scotland but is absent from many areas. It is widespread in north-western Europe, but the species has not been recorded from Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
Although most Gnaphosa species are to be found under stones and are usually lethargic and easy to collect, G. leporina seems altogether more active and is often to be found running over the ground. It seems to prefer damp rather than wet areas on heaths or moors i.e. wet heath rather than bog.

This spider is possbly not easy to collect without pitfall traps. It may be abundant on wet heath in southern England.

Heathland sites may be threatened by agriculture, afforestation or development.

Management and conservation
Maintain open areas on heathland and damp areas on heathland and moorland.

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 36 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 133 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 16 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 33 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 31 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Gnaphosa leporina

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Gnaphosa leporina


Gnaphosa leporina subadult male
Gnaphosa leporina subadult male
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