Summary for Pardosa saltans (Araneae)

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Pardosa saltans male Copyright: Peter Harvey
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Name: Pardosa saltans
Authority: Töpfer-Hofmann, 2000
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Lycosidae
IUCN status: LC

Records: 4710
First Record: 1861
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 516
Pre-1992 hectads: 405
Total hectads: 708

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Recorded altitude range
0m to 900m

Species text

The species is widespread, but becomes more scattered in northern Britain. It seems to be restricted to the more western parts of Europe (Töpfer-Hofmann, Cordes & Helversen 2000).

Habitat and ecology
Pardosa saltans occurs in forests, woodlands and copses and sometimes nearby grassland and hedgerows. It seems to be largely restricted to old and ancient woodland sites, where it may be numerous running over the ground in open clearings as well as amongst litter within the shade of the wood. Adults mainly occur in early to mid-summer, with females later, occasionally even until October.

The spider may be localised, but is usually found in numbers. P. saltans was described by Töpfer-Hofmann as a species distinct from P. lugubris and so far nearly all British material examined has proved to be P. saltans. All old records have been mapped as P. saltans.

Original author of profile: P.R. Harvey

Text based on Harvey, P.R., Nellist, D.R. & Telfer, M.G. (eds) 2002. Provisional atlas of British spiders (Arachnida, Araneae), Volumes 1 & 2. Huntingdon: Biological Records Centre.  References

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Pardosa saltans female
Pardosa saltans female
Pardosa saltans male. Leaf litter in mixed woodland.
Pardosa saltans male. Leaf litter in mixed woodland.
Pardosa saltans male
Pardosa saltans male
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