Summary for Philodromus buxi (Araneae)

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Philodromus buxi female Copyright: Peter Harvey
Identification difficulty rating: 5
Name: Philodromus buxi
Authority: Simon, 1884
Order: Arachnida: Araneae
Family: Philodromidae
IUCN status: NA

Records: 61
First Record: 1881
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 12
Pre-1992 hectads: 1
Total hectads: 13

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Recorded altitude range
5m to 5m

Species text

A single female was taken at Bloxworth by O. Pickard-Cambridge in the nineteenth century (Locket et al. 1974). Two males were collected on two separate dates in 2014 in a Malaise trap located on a green roof in Greenwich (Wilson, 2015), it was found to be numerous in one area in the Lee valley in 2016 and has also been found at a site in Thurrock in Essex in the same year. The species is absent from Scandinavia, but has been recorded from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania and the Iberian Peninsula.

Habitat and ecology
In Europe the species can be found on bushes and trees.

The species was deleted from the British checklist (Merrett & Murphy 2000) because only one specimen had ever been recorded from Britain in the nineteenth century, and there may have been confusion over its origin. We currently do not know how the 2014 specimens came to be in Greenwich, but the suspicion that a population exists in the local area has been proven, and the species will probably increasingly start appearing elsewhere in the region.

Author of profile: P.R. Harvey  References

Adult Season

Adult Season Data (based on 38 records with adult season information)


background methodology

Broad Habitat Data (based on 13 records with habitat information)

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

Structural Habitat Data (based on 39 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 40 records with habitat detail and method information)

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Philodromus buxi


Philodromus buxi West London
Philodromus buxi West London
Philodromus buxi male
Philodromus buxi male
Philodromus buxi f
Philodromus buxi f
Philodromus buxi female3
Philodromus buxi female3
Philodromus buxi female2
Philodromus buxi female2
Philodromus buxi female1
Philodromus buxi female1
Philodromus buxi female
Philodromus buxi female
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