Summary for Scotina gracilipes (Araneae)
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About this speciesRecorded altitude range
0m to 609m
The species has a widespread but patchy and very scattered distribution, and is absent from many areas in Britain. It is widespread in north-western Europe.
Habitat and ecology
The spider is generally found in dry and exposed heathland habitats amongst the roots of heather, and becomes more abundant in heather more than eight years old, but it has also been found in woodland and raised bog. Adults of both sexes are found in late summer and autumn, but females persist throughout the year.
Generally local, but widespread and common on southern heathland. The spider appears to have suffered major decline in recent years, but this may partly be due to a lack of appropriate recording on southern heathlands.
Clearing of ancient woodland and heathland remain potential threats.
Management and conservation
Ensure survival of suitable heathland and woodland habitats.
Text based on Dawson, I.K., Harvey, P.R., Merrett, P. & Russell-Smith, A.R. (in prep.). References