Summary for Liocranum rupicola (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 150m
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