Summary for Ozyptila simplex (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Ozyptila simplex male Copyright: Peter Harvey
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Name: Ozyptila simplex
Authority: (O.P.-Cambridge, 1862)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Thomisidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 1315
First Record: 1895
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 169
Pre-1992 hectads: 78
Total hectads: 207

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 165m

Species text

The species has a scattered and patchy distribution in the southern half of Britain as far north as Anglesey, with one old record for East Lothian in Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe, but has not been recorded from Scandinavia or Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
A species associated with sand-hills, coastal grasslands, estuarine habitats and occasionally inland grassland habitats. In central Europe, this spider may also be found in fens and reed-beds (Hänggi et al. 1995). Adults of both sexes are found mainly from May to July, females occasionally into the autumn and winter.

Local but the spider may be frequent near the coast in the south-east.

Threats are likely to include loss of open habitats to seral succession and agricultural improvement of grasslands.

Management and conservation
Rotational management or low level grazing is probably necessary at many sites to maintain structural diversity and prevent seral succession.

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 882 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 381 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 24 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 494 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 617 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Ozyptila simplex

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Ozyptila simplex


Ozyptila simplex male
Ozyptila simplex male
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