Summary for Phaeocedus braccatus (Araneae)

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Name: Phaeocedus braccatus
Authority: (L.Koch, 1866)
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Gnaphosidae
National Rarity status: NR
IUCN status: VU, criteria: B2ab(ii,iv)

Records: 89
First Record: 1900
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 18
Pre-1992 hectads: 17
Total hectads: 29

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Recorded altitude range
1m to 160m

Species text

The species is confined to southern England. It is widespread in western and central Europe as far north as Sweden, but local.

Habitat and ecology
P. braccatus occurs mainly on calcareous grassland, especially near the coast, usually in sparsely vegetated areas or under stones. It is also occasionally found on sparsely vegetated dry heathland in the New Forest, or coastal shingle in Suffolk, and in woods. Adults have been recorded from June to September.

The spider is very local although it may be frequent at some sites on calcareous grassland. It is recorded from a total of ten locations in eight hectads since 1992. Although southern heathland has been poorly recorded in recent times, this is an unmistakable species which is unlikely to be overlooked, and records indicate a major decline since the 1950s. Area of occupancy has declined by 47% from 15 hectads before 1992 to eight hectads since then.

The loss of calcareous grassland to agriculture, and reduction of grazing.

Management and conservation
Maintain open, stony and sparsely vegetated areas on calcareous grassland by grazing. Some of these areas probably remain open and stony anyway because of lack of soil.

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 21 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 18 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 1 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 13 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 14 records with habitat detail and method information)

Recorded management for locations with Phaeocedus braccatus

Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Phaeocedus braccatus


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