Summary for Mioxena blanda (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Mioxena blanda female Copyright: Richard Gallon
Identification difficulty rating: 4
Name: Mioxena blanda
Authority: (Simon, 1884)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NR
IUCN status: DD

Records: 58
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2021

1992-on hectads: 10
Pre-1992 hectads: 22
Total hectads: 30

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Recorded altitude range
3m to 105m

Species text

M. blanda is known from widely scattered localities in England, Wales and Scotland (E. Lothian and Skye, records not submitted to the recording scheme). It is widespread in north-western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
The species has been recorded from a wide range of habitats: saltmarsh, calcareous grassland, beneath stones on a river bed, in birch and pine litter, sand dunes, bracken, sugar-beet fields and a tin mine. It is thought that its true habitat has not yet been identified, and it may be subterranean. Adults have been found between August and January, possibly mostly in the late autumn and early winter.

Although there may be some under-recording, this still appears to be a rare spider known from only two locations since 1992 and which has undergone major decline in area of occupancy.

Specific threats are unknown for this species.

Management and conservation
Too little is known of the biology of this species to make management recommendations.

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 19 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 14 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 13 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 14 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Mioxena blanda

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Mioxena blanda


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