Summary for Gongylidiellum murcidum (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 4
Name: Gongylidiellum murcidum
Authority: Simon, 1884
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: VU, criteria: B2ab(ii,iv)

Records: 199
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 28
Pre-1992 hectads: 25
Total hectads: 48

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 366m

Species text

The species is widespread in East Anglia, but otherwise there are few very widely scattered records. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe, with records from France and Switzerland to Hungary.

Habitat and ecology
This species is usually found among wet moss and litter in fens, sometimes in fen carr or in other wet broad-leaved woodland. In Staffordshire, it has been taken in reed-beds and a floating bog (C. Slawson, pers. comm.). Our very limited phenology data indicate a possible peak in adults in late spring/early summer.

The species has been fairly numerous at some sites, but seems to have undergone a substantial decline since the 1970s.

The most serious threat is from the drainage of fens and wet woodland.

Management and conservation
It is important to maintain the water table in fens and wet woodland. The growth of scrub in fens is probably not as detrimental to this species as to other fenland species.

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 115 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 55 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 5 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 20 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 100 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Gongylidiellum murcidum


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