Summary for Ozyptila sanctuaria (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Ozyptila sanctuaria female Copyright: Tylan Berry
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Name: Ozyptila sanctuaria
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1871)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Thomisidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1191
First Record: 1890
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 226
Pre-1992 hectads: 72
Total hectads: 262

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 250m

Species text

The species is widespread but generally scattered from the Isle of Man, North Wales and central England southwards. It is widespread in north-western Europe but absent from Scandinavia.

Habitat and ecology
O. sanctuaria occurs in open situations where it can be swept from herbage and undergrowth or found under stones and at the base of vegetation. It has been recorded from chalk and acid grassland, sea walls, lichen heath, roadside verges, old sand and chalk pits and under-cliffs. It is also occasionally found on heathland, but never commonly. Males are found between August and December, but mainly in September and October. Females have been recorded between February and December and can probably be found at any time of year.

Local and generally scarce, but the spider is commoner in the south where it may be frequent in suitable habitat.

Loss of open habitats to seral succession, agricultural improvement and development are all potential threats.

Management and conservation
Maintain open habitats and structural habitat mosaic using rotational management involving disturbance or low levels of grazing.

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 750 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 367 records with habitat information)

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

Structural Habitat Data (based on 461 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 552 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Ozyptila sanctuaria


Ozyptila sanctuaria male
Ozyptila sanctuaria male
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