Summary for Micaria albovittata (Araneae)

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Micaria albovittata female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Micaria albovittata
Authority: L.Koch, 1866
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Gnaphosidae
National Rarity status: NR
IUCN status: VU, criteria: B2ab(ii,iv)

Records: 78
First Record: 1890
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 13
Pre-1992 hectads: 15
Total hectads: 22

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 160m

Species text

The species is confined to the extreme south of England. It is widespread in central and southern Europe.

Habitat and ecology
M. romana is found near the south coast, mainly on short calcareous grassland, on cliff-tops, in warm sunny situations. It is an ant-mimic, often found in company with ants, running in hot sunshine. Both sexes are adult from May to July.

The spider is common in some places on hot hillsides near the coast, but very local, and not found more than a few miles inland. It is recorded from seven locations since 1992 but records suggest a substantial decline since the 1970s. Area of occupancy has declined from 10 hectads before 1992 to five hectads since that date.

There is probably little threat from agriculture in most of its coastal grassland sites, as it occurs mainly in stony areas or on steep slopes which are unsuitable for cultivation. Public pressure could possibly be a threat in some areas.

Management and conservation
Maintain open grassland and prevent growth of scrub, but this is probably not a problem at most sites.

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 34 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 24 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 16 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 24 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Micaria albovittata

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Micaria albovittata


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