Summary for Ozyptila claveata (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Ozyptila claveata male Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Ozyptila claveata
Authority: (Walckenaer, 1837)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Thomisidae
BAP status: UKBAP
National Rarity status: NS
IUCN status: LC

Records: 186
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 33
Pre-1992 hectads: 24
Total hectads: 53

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Recorded altitude range
90m to 700m

Species text

The species is confined to southern England. It is widespread in north-western and central Europe as far north as Sweden, but has not been recorded from Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
The spider occurs mainly on short calcareous chalk and limestone grassland, often in stony areas, and especially near the coast. It is also occasionally found on sand dunes. Males are adult from March to July, with a peak of activity in May and June, and again from August to October, females from March to September.

UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species. The species is abundant on some calcareous grassland sites, but rather local. It appears to have declined sharply over the past 20 years.

The loss of calcareous grassland to agricultural improvement, and possibly public pressure at some coastal sites.

Management and conservation
Maintain short calcareous grassland by grazing and possibly rotational disturbance.

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 83 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 30 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 23 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 57 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Ozyptila claveata

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Ozyptila claveata


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