Summary for Liocranum rupicola (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Liocranum rupicola male Copyright: Tone Killick
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Liocranum rupicola
Authority: (Walckenaer, 1830)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Liocranidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 103
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 27
Pre-1992 hectads: 18
Total hectads: 41

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 150m

Species text

L. rupicola has been recorded from south-west England and south Wales. There are old county records from Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Cheshire. It is widespread in western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The spider has been recorded from under stones in dry places, especially old quarries, in cracks in cliffs, dry stone walls and occasionally in houses. Adults can be found in both spring and autumn.

A local species in Britain.

There are probably none due to the barren and inaccessible nature of the habitat in which this species is found. However the dumping of rubbish in disused quarries may prove a threat, but this is unlikely to be a problem in coastal sites.

Management and conservation
Disused quarries should be protected.

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 21 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 50 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 9 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 16 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Liocranum rupicola

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Liocranum rupicola


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Liocranum rupicola male
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