Summary for Pardosa hortensis (Araneae)

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National Distribution

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Name: Pardosa hortensis
Authority: (Thorell, 1872)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 976
First Record: 1882
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 153
Pre-1992 hectads: 82
Total hectads: 209

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 700m

Species text

The species is widespread but locally distributed in southern Britain, with few records from Scotland. It is widespread in western and central Europe, but not recorded from Scandinavia or Ireland.

Habitat and ecology
P. hortensis occurs in open situations running over sparsely vegetated ground in grasslands, heathland, waste ground, woodland clearings, old chalk and sand pits and the sea shore. It is very erratic in occurrence on heathland. Adults of both sexes are found mainly in spring and early summer, with females persisting later.

The spider is very local, but may be frequent in suitable habitat.

The loss of sites to development and the loss of open habitats to seral succession are probably the most important threats.

Management and conservation
Small scale rotational disturbance is likely to benefit this species by providing a continuity of areas of sparsely vegetated ground.

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 534 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 368 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 31 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 349 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 300 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Pardosa hortensis

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