Summary for Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata male Copyright: Peter Harvey
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Name: Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata
Authority: (Ohlert, 1865)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
National Rarity status: NR
IUCN status: EN, criteria: B2ab(ii,iv)

Records: 114
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 4
Pre-1992 hectads: 19
Total hectads: 21

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Recorded altitude range
4m to 37m

Species text

Most records for H. rubrofasciata are from a small area of West Suffolk, West Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. It has also been recorded from isolated sites in East Suffolk, the New Forest, Hampshire, as well as old records from Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire and from Lincolnshire. A record shown in the provisional atlas (Harvey et al. 2002) for TL31 is now considered a data entry error. The species is widespread and fairly common in northern and central Europe, in fens, marshes and damp woodland.

Habitat and ecology
Generally found in damp habitats at ground level, mostly in fens but sometimes under or at the edge of carr woodland by the side of rides. Adults have been found in May, June, September and, at Chippenham Fen (Cambridgeshire) in November (D. Carr, pers. comm.)

This species is abundant at some sites, but very local and restricted in range. It has been recorded from three locations since 1992. There appears to be an ongoing decline in area of occupancy from six hectads before 1992 to three since that date.

Drainage of fens is the most important threat. However, it appears to be more tolerant of the growth of scrub than most other fenland species.

Management and conservation
Maintaining the water table in fens is very important. Encroachment on open fen by carr woodland is possibly less of a threat to this species than to other typical fenland species, as it occurs widely in wet woodland in Europe.

Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.).  References

 Account last edited by Helen Smith at 09:37 on Tue 19th Jan 2016.

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 27 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 39 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 1 records with subhabitat information)

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

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 30 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata


Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata subfemale
Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata subfemale
Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata male
Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata male
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