Summary for Neriene furtiva (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Neriene furtiva male Copyright: Esmond Brown
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Name: Neriene furtiva
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1871)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Linyphiidae
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 229
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 26
Pre-1992 hectads: 33
Total hectads: 42

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 240m

Species text

Apart from an old doubtful record from Staffordshire, the species is restricted to South Wales and the south of England. It is widespread in Europe, especially in the south.

Habitat and ecology
N. furtiva occurs mainly on dry heathland, reaching highest densities among mature heather, occasionally on calcareous grassland. Both sexes are adult in June and July, females also until August. It is an ant-mimic.

In the past the spider has been fairly common on southern heathland from Dorset to Surrey. Although southern heathlands have been under-recorded in recent years there appears to be a long term decline.

The loss of heathland to agriculture, forestry and development.

Management and conservation
Although this species is found mainly among older heather, it is necessary to maintain all seral stages of heather by rotational management.

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 63 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 78 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 12 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 21 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Neriene furtiva

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Neriene furtiva


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