Summary for Hypsosinga sanguinea (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
2m to 700m
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