Summary for Heliophanus dampfi (Araneae)

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Heliophanus dampfi immature male Copyright: Richard Gallon
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Name: Heliophanus dampfi
Authority: Schenkel, 1923
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
National Rarity status: NR
IUCN status: VU, criteria: D2

Records: 135
First Record: 1981
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 12
Pre-1992 hectads: 2
Total hectads: 12

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Recorded altitude range
5m to 90m

Species text

Recorded from raised bogs in Wales and Scotland. The discovery of this spider in Britain was made in September 1989 at Cors Fochno, an estuarine raised bog in Cardiganshire (Williams 1991). Subsequently specimens of this species have been taken at Flanders Moss and Ochtertyre Moss in Perthshire, both raised bogs (Stewart 1993). In Europe it has been recorded from France, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Poland.

Habitat and ecology
Heliophanus dampfi is apparently found only on raised bogs throughout its range. On these the usual habitat in Europe is Molinia and Eriophorum (Bratton 1991). The Welsh specimens were pitfall trapped in low, dense Myrica, Erica tetralix and Eriophorum. On the Scottish sites pitfall trapping proved to be much less successful than sweeping and shaking out in obtaining specimens. Adult spiders appear to prefer the taller vegetation such as saplings of Scots pine and birch as well as clumps of Myrica and Vaccinium. Immature specimens were found at lower level in heather. Adult females are found from April to July, males in June and July.

The spider seems well established at its known sites

Changes to the hydrological regime of bogs due to erosion or forestry are potential threats. With only three raised bog sites for this species it is vulnerable to the effects of human activities or stochastic events within a very short time period.

Management and conservation
Cors Fochno is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Flanders Moss is a NNR and Ochtertyre Moss is a SSSI.

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 61 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 14 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 3 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 69 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 103 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Heliophanus dampfi

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Heliophanus dampfi


Heliophanus dampfi immature male 2
Heliophanus dampfi immature male 2
Heliophanus dampfi immature male
Heliophanus dampfi immature male
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