Summary for Microctenonyx subitaneus (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Identification difficulty rating: 3
Name: Microctenonyx subitaneus
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1875)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 210
First Record: 1895
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 43
Pre-1992 hectads: 57
Total hectads: 96

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Recorded altitude range
4m to 450m

Species text

The species is widespread in parts of northern, central and eastern England, but apparently virtually absent from the south-west and with few records from Wales and Scotland. It has a Holarctic distribution, and is widespread in western and central Europe. The species has also been reported from New Zealand and South America, probably the result of importation.

Habitat and ecology
M. subitaneus is strongly associated with straw and is found in ricks, straw-rich detritus, amongst hay and straw in out-houses and manure heaps, etc. It may also be a frequent spider in gardens and allotments, and in Leicestershire it is a frequent spider in the slightly rougher less managed areas of gardens, and in rough grass and lawns, especially close to hedges (J. Daws, pers. comm.). Adults are found throughout the year.

Although numerous in some habitats in southern England, the species is generally infrequent.

The spider is unlikely to be threatened.

Management and conservation
No recommendations are made.

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 51 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 42 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 3 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 17 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 19 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Microctenonyx subitaneus

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Microctenonyx subitaneus


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