Summary for Marpissa nivoyi (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Marpissa nivoyi Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Marpissa nivoyi
Authority: (Lucas, 1846)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC
Watching Brief: Amber

Records: 226
First Record: 1906
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 30
Pre-1992 hectads: 20
Total hectads: 38

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 40m

Species text

The species is restricted to England and Wales, where it is widespread on sand dunes. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe as far north as Denmark.

Habitat and ecology
M. nivoyi occurs mainly on coastal sand dunes among marram, occasionally in inland marshes, and once on dry burnt heathland at Ashdown Forest (Sussex). The spider is long and thin, and runs along marram stems. Males have been found in April, August and September and females most of the year.

The spider is local and never particularly common.

Possibly public pressure and holiday development at some sites.

Management and conservation
Control erosion of sand dunes.

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 90 records with adult season information)


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Broad Habitat Data (based on 75 records with habitat information)

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

Structural Habitat Data (based on 61 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 79 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Marpissa nivoyi female
Marpissa nivoyi female
Marpissa nivoyi - Dawlish Warren - 03
Marpissa nivoyi - Dawlish Warren - 03
Marpissa nivoyi - Dawlish Warren - 02
Marpissa nivoyi - Dawlish Warren - 02
Marpissa nivoyi - Dawlish Warren - 01
Marpissa nivoyi - Dawlish Warren - 01
Marpissa nivoyi 2
Marpissa nivoyi 2
Marpissa nivoyi
Marpissa nivoyi
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