Summary for Moebelia penicillata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Moebelia penicillata female Copyright: Richard Gallon
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Name: Moebelia penicillata
Authority: (Westring, 1851)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC
Watching Brief: Amber

Records: 446
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 102
Pre-1992 hectads: 100
Total hectads: 181

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Recorded altitude range
4m to 420m

Species text

The species is widespread in south-eastern and central England and central Scotland, but apparently scattered or absent elsewhere. It has a Palaearctic distribution and is widespread in north-western and central Europe.

Habitat and ecology
The spider is nearly always found in crevices in the bark of trees, particularly conifers, amongst lichen on tree trunks and sometimes in birds' nests. In early summer it may sometimes be found running over the surface of the bark in numbers. Adults are found in spring and summer mostly in May and June, but occasional individuals have been recorded in the autumn.

This is a widespread but local species. The spider is probably active for short periods and its cryptic tree trunk habitat is likely to be under-recorded.

Threats include the loss of old trees in sunny situations.

Management and conservation
Old trees in sunny situations should be retained and seral succession prevented from shading existing trunks.

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 174 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 159 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 9 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 46 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 68 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Moebelia penicillata female
Moebelia penicillata female
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