Summary for Hypsosinga sanguinea (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Hypsosinga sanguinea Copyright: Esmond
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Hypsosinga sanguinea
Authority: (C.L.Koch, 1844)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 238
First Record: 1909
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 40
Pre-1992 hectads: 25
Total hectads: 53

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Recorded altitude range
2m to 700m

Species text

The species is generally confined to the southern counties of England, but there are also records for Worcestershire and Staffordshire. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
H. sanguinea is found mainly on heathland amongst fairly mature heather (growing for at least 8 years following fire), usually in damp (although occasionally rather dry) situations. It has also been recorded from tall calcareous grassland. Both sexes are mature in May and June.

The spider is local and only found in small numbers.

The loss of heathland to housing and commercial development, agriculture and forestry.

Management and conservation
The maintenance of all seral stages of the heathland plant community by rotational management at any one site would ensure the correct habitat conditions would always be present for this 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 88 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 62 records with habitat information)

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

Structural Habitat Data (based on 45 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 54 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Hypsosinga sanguinea

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Hypsosinga sanguinea


Hypsosinga sanguinea
Hypsosinga sanguinea
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